Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has today backed the Labour party’s pledge to make, buy and sell more in Britain.
Labour have unveiled a plan to raise standards, award more public contracts to British businesses and bring the jobs of the future to the UK. Labour will use the social and environmental stretch clauses in public contracts to raise standards, mirroring the approach taken in other countries including France and the US.
Labour’s new proposal will seize the opportunities for the long term of the post-pandemic, post-Brexit economy and help to shape a more secure future for Britain, especially in the green and tech sectors of the future.
Labour will make more in Britain by giving more public contracts to British companies, big and small, by:
- Asking every public body to give more contracts to British firms big and small, using stretching social, environmental and labour clauses in contract design to raise standards and spend and make more in Britain.
- Passing a law requiring public bodies to report on how much they are buying from British businesses including SMEs.
- Leading a culture change in government, putting the growth of local industries first, and reviewing the pipeline of all major infrastructure projects to explore how to increase the materials made in Britain, upskill workers to get the jobs of the future.
Labour will help bring jobs of the future to Britain, by:
- Investing in reshoring jobs in the same way we invest in Foreign Direct Investment, by helping every business considering reshoring access the expertise and support they need.
- Working with colleges and universities to make sure we’re honing the skills and apprenticeships for the jobs of the future.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m really proud to be backing this pledge. As we recover from the pandemic, we have a chance to build a fairer and better future for Britain.
Across Denton and Reddish there are so many incredible businesses that need our support, and Greater Manchester is leading the way in green tech and environmental solutions.
It’s so important, therefore, that we make the most of this wealth of talent and give more public contracts to British companies, big and small. We need to invest in Britain and bring security and resilience back to our economy. Labour is the only party with a credible plan to do so.”