Time to build a new future for Longbridge


It is time to build a new future for Longbridge and to answer the questions that can draw a line under the past.

In a keynote speech to the 74th Annual Reunion of the Austin Ex Apprentices Association, Richard Burden MP called for action to make Longbridge synonymous with the environmental technologies of the 21st century just as it was synonymous with one of the defining industries of the 20th century.

Richard said that it is time for issues outstanding from the collapse of MG Rover to be cleared up so that the community can move on. This means that it is time for the Inquiry, established by the Government to investigate the affairs of MG Rover and Phoenix, to report. It also means that it is time for the four Phoenix Directors to put into practice their commitment to give their former employees a share in the remaining assets of Phoenix companies through payments from a Trust Fund.

You can read a copy of Richard’s speech online here.

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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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