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The new ‘Midlands Engine for Growth’ strategy outlines major spending proposals that will connect the Midlands to HS2, but John Mann MP has criticised the plans as having “nothing for Bassetlaw.”

 

 

The proposals build on ‘Midlands Connect’ which links Nottingham and Derby to Birmingham and the plan prioritises tram connectivity from Nottingham to the HS2 station at Toton and connections from Derby and Leicester including a new trunk road to the airport.

 

However the proposal provides no road improvements from Bassetlaw to Toton and requires Worksop travellers to access HS2 via Mansfield.

 

John Mann commented: “This is no surprise and it’s exactly what I have been warning of. The Midlands Engine for Growth makes no reference to the A1, the East Coast mainline, the HS2 station at Sheffield/Meadowhall or Robin Hood Airport.”

 

“If our money goes with the Midlands we will be cut adrift and left behind in no man’s land.”

 

“I have no intention, ever, of accessing HS2 by stopping over in Mansfield when people in Sheffield will be in London before people in Bassetlaw are even on the train.”

 

“Our future transport and economic prosperity can only be secured through combining with South Yorkshire, where our trains and roads go. It is the A57 and the Retford/Worksop Sheffield service that needs improvements, Rotherham and Doncaster where we need the buses to go to and a longer term vision that includes the option of re-opening Misterton Station.”

Mann: Midlands Plan has Nothing for Bassetlaw

  The new ‘Midlands Engine for Growth’ strategy outlines major spending proposals that will connect the Midlands to HS2, but John Mann MP has criticised the plans as having “nothing...

John Mann MP PMQ - 3rd February 2016

"Is that it? Is that the best the Prime Minister can do?"

"Nothing for British pensioners. Nothing for British workers."

"And as the OBR and Treasury have confirmed, his long term economic plan is reliant on over a million new migrants entering the UK for work by 2020."

"Has he got the bottle to confirm this inconvenient truth?"

 

#ENDS#

Autumn Statement Blue Book. Page 136 

Labour Market statistics

Labour Market

                                                         2014  2015  2016  2017  2018  2019  2020

Employment (millions)                  30.7   31.1    31.5   31.7  31.9   32.0   32.2   

Claimant count (millions)              1.04   0.80    0.77   0.82  0.86  0.87    0.88

 

Treasury Select Committee 21st July 2015

John Mann: It is the money that I was worried about. Let me turn to immigration. Your tax receipts and your deficit reduction plan are predicated on a net inward migration of an extra 1,020,000 people into this country during this Parliament. Where are those 1,020,000 additional people going to be living?

 

Mr Osborne: The OBR make use of the Office for National Statistics projections on immigration and changed the forecasts they used in the March Budget. They have not changed it in this Budget. What we want to see is managed migration. We want to have people come to this country who are talented, who want to study and the like, but we want to make sure that we have the incentives right, we have controls on the numbers, and for those coming from the European Union make sure that they don’t receive immediate benefits like tax credits and that is why we are renegotiating—

 

Q185   John Mann: Chancellor, with respect, you are not answering the question. Your tax receipts and your budget deficit plan is predicated on an extra 1,020,000 new people in this country and I am merely asking: where are they going to live?

 

Mr Osborne: I am pointing out that what you call the predication is in fact the Office for National Statistics and I do not think it is any surprise to this Committee that this Government has made it very clear, and the Prime Minister has made it very clear, that we want to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands. We can do that a number of different ways, all of which we are deploying at the moment. Ultimately what we want to see is people in this country with the right skills to take these jobs, which is why we are reforming education, making sure we have an apprenticeship levy, and investing in higher education as per my previous answers.

 

John Mann MP PMQ

John Mann MP PMQ - 3rd February 2016 "Is that it? Is that the best the Prime Minister can do?" "Nothing for British pensioners. Nothing for British workers." "And as...

In the last few minutes the Government has released the figures for the number of deaths in UK prisons in 2015. Extraordinarily the figures put HMP Ranby, a category C prison in Bassetlaw, at the top of the list.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann says that Government and Prison Authorities failed to act in 2014 when he raised concerns about the problems at HMP Ranby.

Statistics released today by the Government show that over the last three years there have been 13 deaths, 8 of which were suicides at the category C prison and last year 6 deaths, 4 which were suicides.

John Mann MP said “In 2014 I met with the Chief Inspector of Prisons, the Governor of Ranby Prison and the Prisons Minister and raised my concerns about what was going on inside the Prison.”

Mann continued “I told them repeatedly from June to December 2014 about the problems with staff morale, prisoners accessing mobile phones and drugs and the behaviour of the senior management regime.”

“In 2014 I alleged experienced Prison Officers were being forced out in dubious circumstances and provided the evidence to back this up. Why did they fail to act on this issue and allow Ranby to become one of the worst prisons in the UK?

Bassetlaw MP Says Issues at HMP Ranby Were Ignored

In the last few minutes the Government has released the figures for the number of deaths in UK prisons in 2015. Extraordinarily the figures put HMP Ranby, a category C...


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