Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has expressed his “disappointment” that the Coalition Government is continuing to neglect the specific concerns of Teesside and the North East following David Cameron’s Ministerial reshuffle.
Under the previous Labour government, there was a system of regional Ministers and sub-regional Assistant Ministers, to ensure that the economic development of regions like the North East and sub-regions like Teesside would be heard.
“This re-shuffle has offered no additional representation for the North East, with no sitting MPs in the region being appointed to governmental office. What a contrast this is to the run up to the 2010 General Election, when David Cameron appointed a Shadow Minister for Teesside, so that the Tories at least had the appearance of caring about our area. Disappointingly, when they entered government, we began to see the Tories’ true priorities, with David Cameron failing to appoint a Minister with specific responsibility for fixing our sub-regional economy.
“To add insult to injury, I have learnt that as part of this reshuffle, the former Shadow Minister for Teesside, Greg Clark, has been appointed as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, who has responsibility for helping banks and financial services in the City of London.
“The Tories have to learn that the City of London alone is not enough to secure our economic recovery, and most certainly not sufficient to guarantee much-needed growth on Teesside.”