Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Infrastructure Investment Urgently Needed in North East

According to a recent report issued by the Institute of Civil Engineers £300m of rail investment on the Eastern Line could generate up to £1.5bn of growth in the North East. So you might think Labour MPs in the region would be lobbying to get this funding and to his credit apparently Nick Brown, MP for Newcastle East and Wallsend, is drawing up a “hit list of regional spending projects… in an attempt to tackle the looming recession… and is searching for infrastructure projects that can be brought forward.”

The North East has the highest unemployment in the country – standing at 7.7% and with the loss of jobs recently at the Tanfield Group in Washington and the recession looming, this figure only looks set to worsen.

Yet, I read a few days after reading about the pledge to advance investment in the North East’s infrastructure, I also read that the proposals for the A1 have been downgraded “from strategic national importance to regional importance”.

It no longer surprises me that the left and right hand of the Labour Party don’t know what the other is doing but ignoring the North East has gone on for too long. The A1 has been crying out for investment for years. We are the only part of the country not connected by a Motorway; our main arterial route is mostly single carriageway, increasing travel costs and time, as well as being very dangerous.

The North East has been badly let down by its Labour MPs. As well as having the highest unemployment in the country the area also has the highest density of Labour MPs. They have had 11 years to lobby on this issue. Without more effective representation, the area won’t get the infrastructure investment required to prosper. Increased enterprise urgently needs to be attracted to the North East.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen Allen is to be congratulated for bring to our attention the failure of this government to improve the infrastracture of the North East.As pensioners in the North East get poorer and poorer our Councillor and MP's get richer and richer.
With the economy in tatters under Gordon Brown with his policies of spend today, pay tomorrow there will be a cold wind blowing in the North East this winter.

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