In a letter to the Prime Minister Greater Manchester’s Mayor, MPs, Peers, Council leaders and business and trade union voices have called on Boris Johnson to commit to investing in the education, skills and jobs Greater Manchester needs to level-up and to bridge the gaps left by the pandemic.
The letter has been sent by the Greater Manchester Westminster Group, formerly the Greater Manchester All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). After none of Greater Manchester’s Conservative MPs agreed to be involved in the APPG the group had to disband. Under the rules for All-Party Parliamentary Groups there needs to be at least one member of the Governing party sitting on the APPG.
The new Westminster Group, made up of Labour MPs a
nd Labour, Liberal Democrat and independent peers, continues to work on behalf of the region’s residents.
Former APPG chair Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It is extremely disappointing that no Greater Manchester Conservative MP was prepared to work on a common agenda to urge the Prime Minister to level-up and to do the best for the people of Greater Manchester.
For Greater Manchester to effectively level-up, and bridge the gaps left by the pandemic, we must see a commitment from Government to invest in the education, skills and jobs required. I hope the Prime Minister implements the recommendations of this cross-party letter.”