MP secures debate on Humber economy
HULL MP Alan Johnson has secured a Parliamentary debate on what can be done to boost the Humber economy.
The prospect of the Siemens investment in Green Port Hull is expected to feature prominently in the adjournment debate, which will take place next Tuesday morning in Westminster Hall.
Mr Johnson said: "Our city and the surrounding area stands on the threshold of huge opportunities. The most tangible illustration is the potential investment by Siemens.
"Hull MPs have secured Tuesday's debate on behalf of politicians of all persuasions and on both banks of the Humber to debate the huge contribution our sub-region can make to the UK economy and the help we need from Government to make that happen."
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Hull's other MPs, Karl Turner and Diana Johnson, are also planning to speak in the 90-minute debate, which comes after hundreds of job losses in Hull and the wider region.
It comes after Hull North MP Ms Johnson warned Energy Minister John Hayes that Siemens' investment in Hull could be lost if he persisted with his anti-wind farm stance.
Speaking at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Group on Wednesday, Ms Johnson expressed "in the strongest terms how high the stakes are for Hull's future in getting Siemens and other green energy jobs".
She also said "how damaging it is for him, as Energy Minister, to be making anti-green energy statements ".