Work still to be done


In Parliament today Richard Burden, Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield which includes the site of the former MG Rover factory, praised the Trade and Industry Secretary on the achievements so far of the MG Rover Task Force but reiterated his concern that there still remains a considerable number of people without jobs and an urgent need for regeneration in the South West Birmingham area.

In response, Alan Johnson confirmed that there is still more to be done, especially in the area immediately around the plant and that as part of a three year plan, established to help cope with the aftermath of the factory closure, further efforts would be made in this area.

Mr Burden said:

“9 months after the closure of the MG Rover factory it is encouraging that so many people have found new jobs and have received training. It is important though that all the agencies involved, the government and myself continue to work hard to ensure that everyone finds employment and that the area of Birmingham which was hardest hit in April receives the help it deserves to regenerate. Regeneration of South West Birmingham is something that is extremely important for the whole community, not only for those who worked at Longbridge.

“Given that the Task Force’s final report is due soon, it is important that there is co-ordination when passing on areas of responsibility, as well as there being effective monitoring mechanisms in place.

“I am pleased that Alan Johnson today supported this call and gave his assurances that these areas will not be overlooked.”

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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