Minister for Portsmouth visits to talk about city’s future

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THE minister for Portsmouth visited the city today to help in the effort to bring further benefits to the area.

MP Matthew Hancock met leader of the council, Councillor Donna Jones, as well as other city leaders to discuss a range of issues.

Minister for Portsmouth Matthew Hancock

Minister for Portsmouth Matthew Hancock

They included the city’s plans to launch a bid to create a university training college (UTC) to boost young people’s prospects.

As reported, if the plans are successful then students would have the opportunity to study at a ‘hands-on’ technical college from 2016 alongside a traditional academic education.

It would specialise in electrical and mechanical engineering and in advanced manufacturing.

Mr Hancock is also helping Portsmouth to secure more money from the government as part of the next round of growth deals.

Speaking to The News, Mr Hancock said: ‘The city is moving in the right direction, I think it’s on the up.

‘Like many times in the past, it has picked itself up and is moving forward.

‘But we have got to sustain this momentum.’