Tories would introduce Northumberland enterprise zone as A1 is dualled, says Greg Clark

Minister for Cities will visit Stockton South on the campaign trail to highlight Conservatives' plan for the North East

Conservative MP and minister Greg Clark
Conservative MP and minister Greg Clark

The Conservatives would introduce a new enterprise zone in north Northumberland to build on the planned dualling of the A1, senior figure Greg Clark will say.

The Minister for Universities, Science and Cities and proud Teessider will tell voters his party will grow the North East economy and create 50,000 new jobs, as well as 200,000 much-needed apprenticeships.

Visiting Stockton South and Berwick upon Tweed on the campaign trail on Wednesday, Mr Clark will highlight how the party’s pledge to cut income tax will benefit 1.1m people in the North East. The minister will also claim that a Labour-SNP government would reverse the North East’s fortunes. He will say voting in a Labour-led Government could lead to the cancellation of vital infrastructure projects in the North East, including plans to dual the A1, plans to widen the A19, phase two of HS2, and plans for east/west high speed rail across the Pennines.

Mr Clark will say: “The North East is on the rise with new jobs and businesses being created across the area. Our Plan for working people in the North East is a long term economic plan to bring new investment here and more jobs across the North East.

“We’re the only party offering the North East a real vision for the future, and we’ve got a track record of success. This plan will help continue this forward momentum.”

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