MP calls for more support for the south

Caroline Dinenage MP
Caroline Dinenage MP
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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has this morning called on the Government to give businesses in the south more help.

Ms Dinenage said the Government’s decision to hand more money to towns and cities in the Midlands and the north of England meant that areas in the south east, such as Gosport, were being ignored.

During a private members’ debate in parliament this morning the MP said there are areas in the region, such as Gosport, which are as deprived as cities in the north and desperately need help from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Most of the first-round allocation from the RGF was handed to areas in the north east.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘Only one project in the south east succeeded in the first round as opposed to 14 in the north east of England.

‘Gosport is well behind some of the areas further north that continue to enjoy economic support from the Government.

‘The south east shouldn’t be excluded on the basis of geography.’

She called for the Government to extend its National Insurance contributions holiday to small and medium firms in the south east to encourage new businesses to invest in the region and help existing firms to grow.

She also praised private partnership initiatives, such as a deal between Lee-on-the-Solent business MonsterCAM ltd, which worked with NatWest and Lombard to fund a huge milling machine to ensure its work on manufacturing plastic mouldings for leisure boats could stay in the region, rather than being outsourced abroad.