Tom’s Comments on the European Regional Development Fund

Commenting on news that payments from the £3 billion EU development fund were suspended just days after the Brexit vote, Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop said:

“Businesses across Teesside and East Cleveland have benefited from some of the £3billion European Regional Development Fund which is designed to improve economic growth in areas like ours.

“The Tories inability to guarantee match funding will means that the money put into the North East by the EU is sitting in a government bank account and is not creating the jobs which the area desperately needs.

“The future of the ERDF needs to be made clear by the new Chancellor and those, like Boris Johnson and local UKIP Councillors, who were part of leave campaign which guaranteed that the North East would lose no funding need to make sure this happens.

“So much for the Northern Powerhouse, James Wharton who campaigned to leave the EU has been removed as the Northern Powerhouse minister and won’t have to clean up the mess he has made on Teesside and across the North.”

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