BBC Newsnight: Tory MP calls for ‘key’ foreign investment to ‘level’ the North | Politics | New


Jake Berry, Tory MP for Rossendale and Darwen, appeared on Monday’s episode of BBC Newsnight. While discussing how cities across the UK can recover from the coronavirus, the MP called for ‘foreign direct investment’ in northern communities.

Speaking after Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet, admitted that Chancellor Rishi Sunak must ‘rule’ over UK spending, Mr Berry was asked by Fiona Bruce about social spending.

Ms Bruce referred to Dilnot’s welfare plan, where individual lifetime contributions to care are capped at £ 35,000, and asked if her constituents would approve the plan.

He said: “They would pay part of it, it would be more of an insurance model and there would be a cap on how much you pay, but I just want to pick up on two things.

“First of all I think Sir Roger is absolutely right that we have to get down to the level of the public: people understand that we have been going through a very expensive time, in fact I think the elderly population, If I speak to my father or father in law, understand that many young people have made huge sacrifices in the face of this Covid pandemic to ensure the safety of part of the population, especially our elderly population.

“So I think there is an understanding out there that we all have to come together.”

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Continuing his remarks, Berry said attracting more investment from abroad would ease the burden on the taxpayer.

He added: ‘Second, just to pick up on the idea that you can only fix things by spending public money, picking up on what Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, did, a Labor mayor, it obviously brought in several billion pounds of investment in the sovereign wealth city of China and Abu Dhabi.

“It pays for infrastructure like social housing that we have traditionally expected the UK government to pay for.

“The key to unlocking the leveling is to attract foreign direct investment to the north of England, so taxpayers in the Garden of England or anywhere else in this country do not have to pay for everything. that. “

However, comments from MPs put him at odds with the Conservative Party, after Commerce Secretary Liz Truss warned in May that Britain should not become dependent on China because the West had already shut down. eyes on Beijing’s controversial deals.

In an interview with Politico Live on Wednesday, Ms. Truss said China was guilty of “forced technology transfer, intellectual property violations or unfair industrial subsidies that were not disclosed transparently.” , and said reform of the World Trade Organization was now needed to tighten its “rules” and restore confidence in free trade.

She said, “We believe in trade as a force for good and of course we continue to trade with China.

“It’s an important market for exports. There are Chinese investments in the UK.

“I think the main thing is not to become dependent and to make sure that we have a multitude of business partners.”


Ahead of the Batley and Spen by-elections, the Prime Minister reiterated his pledge to ‘level’ the areas of the UK that need investment.

During a visit to Fox’s Biscuits, he said: “It means looking at all the issues that matter, whether it’s educating people, improving skills in this area, working with Kirklees to improve skills, investment in learning.

“The opportunities are not evenly distributed and the goal of leveling is to work with some great people in West Yorkshire, in Batley, to give the young people growing up in the area the chances they deserve.”

Reports say the Conservatives still have at least two dozen “leveling” commitments from their 2019 manifesto to meet.

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