Science park launch for Labour
Published on: 31 Oct 2014
SHADOW Chancellor Ed Balls chose the Bristol & Bath Science Park in Emersons Green as the venue for the launch of Labour’s independent review of exports.
He visited industrial power supply company TDK-Lambda with his party’s candidate for the Kingswood constituency Jo McCarron.
Mr Balls said the review, which will be headed by the chairman of AgustaWestland UK Graham Cole, was needed so that the Government could support businesses such as TDK to grow and invest.
“We are investing and exporting, but it isn’t good enough, and that’s why we have launched this independently led review,” he said.
Mr Balls added that Kingswood was one of the seats Labour needed to win next May if it was to form the next Government.
“We have growth in our economy, but it’s a growth that is not currently translating into rising living standards for most people. That is what we will address,” he said.
Ms McCarron said: “It was a testament of Kingswood’s appeal as a place to business that Ed came here to launch the export review. TDK Lambda told us that they chose the Bath and Bristol Science Park due to its proximity to three good universities, and the skills and experience they generate.
“But we need to do more, to ensure Kingswood keeps attracting business like TDK, and the jobs and opportunities that come with it. This Government promised an export-led recovery but instead things have gone backwards and British business is being badly let down.
“Kingswood and the surrounding areas are a brilliant example of the range of skills and products that Britain has to offer, but more needs to be done to support companies, help them to expand, and provide more jobs for our area. This is good for them and good for the country.”