David in Parliament
David in Warrington
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31st October 2013
22nd October 2013
After taking part in a Question & Answer session with some of the town's local businessmen, Mr Letwin and local MP David Mowat were invited to visit Wilderspool-based Ombudsman Services to hear about their plans to expand and take on new staff.
21st October 2013
The new station, the first to be built in the UK for 20 years, will be constructed and financed by energy giant EDF, but the announcement is likely to create new manufacturing and engineering jobs throughout the supply chain.
The most recent estimate suggests that around 3,200 jobs in Warrington are directly connected to the nuclear supply chain and today's announcement is likely to mean that that number will rise over the next few years.
David Mowat said:
"Today's announcement, though 20 years later than it should have been, is welcome news for Warrington. We have a great many highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing companies in Warrington whose long term futures depend on Britain's nuclear industry.
"These two new reactors, on their own, will produce 7% of the UK's electricity – more than the combined maximum capacity of every onshore and offshore wind farm in the country.
"Replacing Britain's ageing coal-fired power stations with a new fleet of nuclear power stations is the best way to cut our carbon emissions whilst keeping energy bills lower for consumers."
Mr Mowat has been appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP who has become the Government's Regional Growth Supremo.
Mr Clark will now be in charge of implementing the recommendations of Lord Heseltine's report on promoting growth in towns and cities across the UK. He will be working closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to promote innovative growth ideas.
David Mowat said: "This is an exciting new role which I am looking forward to taking on.
"One of the reasons I got into politics was to try to change the mindset that 'if it's important, we have to do it in London'. I will be making sure that I push the case for the North West in General and Warrington in particular."
"Greg will have a budget of a round £2bn a year to dish out to LEPs who come up with good ideas to help create jobs in their local economy."
18th October 2013
At present, schools and academies with their own sixth form colleges have their VAT bills refunded by the Government but standalone colleges, such as Priestley College in Warrington, do not. On average, colleges have to divert £250,000 per year from supporting students to paying their VAT Bill.
Sixth Form Colleges are further disadvantaged by being unable to "cross-subsidise" some of their activities by using funds allocated for pre-16 students – as schools and academies are able to do. The Prime Minister recently promised to "look carefully" at the VAT treatment of sixth form colleges.
Commenting, Mr Mowat said:
"Priestley College delivers an outstanding education for many children in and around Warrington and it deserves to compete on a level playing field.
"The current system of funding is unjustifiable and needs reviewing urgently. I am not calling for any special treatment, just fairness in the way funds are allocated."
"Colleges like Priestley shouldn't be disadvantaged by having to pay bills that other schools don't. It's not good for the College and it's not good for the students."