PM’s Port Comments Risk Trade & Investment in Tilbury, says Labour’s Polly Billington

COMMENTS made by the Prime Minister about the Port of Liverpool taking trade from Tilbury could put future investment and jobs in Thurrock at risk, Labour’s Polly Billington has said.

It’s reported that David Cameron said the expansion of the Port of Liverpool was a “…massive re-balancing of the economy because instead of goods being imported in Southampton or Tilbury and then shipped on road and rail up to the North West, you know the North West will be the hub.”

Polly Billington, Labour’s candidate to be Thurrock’s next MP, says the comments are damaging to Thurrock and those who rely on the port for jobs and business.

Polly said: “The Prime Minister has no business saying that trade should switch from Tilbury to Liverpool.

“Comments like this can put at risk future investment in our port, as well as the trade and employment that comes with it.

“David Cameron should know that Tilbury is one of the most important ports in Britain. We are a gateway to Europe, a skilled workforce and a great history of trade.

“The people of Thurrock deserve a Prime Minister who champions their port, not one who pits one against another.”

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