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01.08.19

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

Having been named the new ministerial champion for the Midlands Engine, local government secretary Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed he will lead ambitious plans to boost prosperity across the Midlands.

The Midlands plays an essential role within the UK economy and as such the government is supporting the Midlands Engine Partnership to grow the region’s economy and make the region even more appealing a place to live, work, study and do business.

To achieve these ambitions, the government is developing a refreshed Midlands Engine strategy, which will reaffirm their commitment to the Midlands region and outline how it can continue to build on its strengths in order to thrive.

Mr Jenrick said: “From growing up in Wolverhampton and Shropshire to proudly representing the people of Newark in Nottingham, the Midlands has made me who I am today so it’s a huge honour to now champion this incredible region in Cabinet and across government.

“The continued success of the Midlands is not just personal to me, it is absolutely vital to our mission to level up our regions, boost economic growth and ensure every city and town can benefit from the opportunities Brexit brings.

READ MORE: Government revs Midlands Engine with £12m transport funding promise

“One of my first visits as secretary of state was to Wolverhampton and I now look forward to working with Sir John Peace, as chair of the Midlands Engine Partnership, and everyone who shares my passion for the region and vision for a prosperous future for the whole Midlands at the heart of a thriving United Kingdom.”

Sir John Peace, chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership, added: “I welcome the announcement that Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has been appointed as the Midlands Engine Champion. It is an important time for the Midlands Engine Partnership and for Midlanders as a whole.

“Having a champion for the Midlands Engine who has a such a direct connection to our region will bring many benefits and working together we will ensure we make the most of the many opportunities ahead, for our communities.

“I look forward to working with Robert over the coming months and beyond, ensuring the Midlands Engine partnership builds strongly on our recent achievements.

“Government investment has already ensured the Midlands is leading the way on digital connectivity with a £50 million multi-city trial of 5G technology, paving the way for rollout across the UK.

“And with Coventry named UK City of Culture for 2021 and Birmingham hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Midlands is firmly on the national and international stage.”

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