MP Anna Turley disappointed at ‘snub’ over Theresa May’s Teesside visit

MP Anna Turley disappointed at ‘snub’ over Theresa May’s Teesside visit

The PM will officially launch South Tees Development Corporation in Ms Turley’s constituency :: But MP says Mrs May should have invited her

Redcar’s MP says she is “disappointed” she didn’t receive an invite to Theresa May’s visit to Teesside today – and accused senior Tories of ‘playing politics’ with the future of the SSI site.

The Prime Minister will officially launch the South Tees Development Corporation later today in Ms Turley’s constituency.

The Corporation, the first of its kind outside of London, hopes to create thousands of jobs and become a “flagbearer” for major industrial growth by transforming the former SSI site and much more land south of the River Tees.

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Guisborough company CJ Leonard & Sons
Prime Minister Theresa May visited Guisborough company CJ Leonard & Sons (Image: Evening Gazette)

But Ms Turley said: “I’ve been disappointed to learn through informal sources that senior government politicians including the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for BEIS are coming to my constituency tomorrow to publish an update on progress on the SSI site.

“If this is the case, not only does parliamentary protocol expect that an MP is notified of a visit, but I would have expected the Prime Minister to have risen above the petty politics of her local mayor and worked with all stakeholders.

“In particular I would have expected her to engage with those who represent local people, who have so far had no say at all over the future of the site that played such a huge role in so many of their lives.

“As a member of the SSI Taskforce and having worked constructively with the Shadow Development Corporation as it has been developing these proposals I am very disappointed at this snub to the people I represent.

“It seems the Tories are more interested in playing national politics on Teesside than working with local people to secure the future of our jobs and livelihoods. I’ll be raising this with the Speaker of the House of Commons on our return.”

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