Team Birmingham has positive meeting with PM

By on 05/09/2012 in News

Joint statement from the Birmingham delegation that met Prime Minister David Cameron on 5 September 2012.

We had a very positive meeting with the Prime Minister. He was interested in our ideas to encourage economic growth with the council, business and other partners continuing to work together.

We will now be deepening the dialogue with government around the proposals we've made, particularly with Greg Clark, Minister for Cities.

In particular we welcome the Prime Minister's encouragement for an integrated transport plan for an area extending beyond the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

We have also had an extremely good response to our proposition that Birmingham is perfectly placed to pioneer radical new ways of delivering business support through new partnership arrangements. The Prime Minister has indicated that we should pursue this with Michael Heseltine who is conducting a review on business support services and is due to report in October.

In addition, the Prime Minister has indicated to us that there is a massive deal to be done around the Birmingham Energy Savers programme, which has the potential to deliver 8,000 new jobs by 2020.

We also had positive discussions around a number of other issues – Birmingham Airport where he confirmed that Birmingham will be part of the upcoming airports review; business led proposals in support of inward investment; and the continuing innovative approaches to education and skills.

Throughout, the Prime Minister stressed that it was our responsibility to make robust proposals but it is government's responsibility to remove any obstacles.

Today the Prime Minister heard the voice of Birmingham, all three political parties and the business community. He expressed his eagerness to take forward an agenda that has the backing of the political parties, the business community and other agencies. This was and will remain a team Birmingham initiative.

Notes to Editors

The delegation that met with the Prime Minister consisted of:

  • Cllr Sir Albert Bore, Leader of the City Council
  • Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of the City Council
  • Cllr Randal Brew, Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance
  • Cllr Paul Tilsley, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
  • Jack Dromey MP
  • Gisela Stuart MP
  • Liam Byrne MP
  • Shabana Mahmood MP
  • Khalid Mahmood MP
  • Richard Burden MP
  • Andy Street, Chairman of the GBSLEP
  • Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group

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