MP’s roadshow plans to take Peterborough business to Westminster

Peterborough MP Paul Bristow has vowed to make sure the city does not get forgotten as the Government splashes the cash to revive the Midlands and north.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 1:33 pm
Peterborough MP Paul Bristow speaking at Opportunity Peterborough's Bondholder breakfast.

Mr Bristow said he is determined that Peterborough should benefit from the new 80-seat majority Boris Johnson government’s plans to invest in infrastructure in so-called neglected areas outside London.

It is thought a £100 billion boost for roads, rail, broadband and other infrastructure over the next five years could be announced by Chancellor Sajid Javid in his budget on March 11 with spending aimed at the Midlands and the north - areas credited with propelling the Conservatives into power.

Mr Bristow, who won the Peterborough seat with a 2,580 vote majority at December’s general election, said: “I want to make sure Peterborough is not forgotten.

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John Bridge, chief executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce ENGEMN00120120512154811

“I want to ensure Peterborough is included in the Government’s investment plans for the Midlands and the north.

“And if need be we will do it with old fashioned-type lobbying.

“I want to take a Roadshow showcasing all the potential of Peterborough to Westminster to show Government what this city has to offer.”

Outlining his vision for the future, Mr Bristow said: “In five years’ time I want people to feel more confident and proud about Peterborough and to be more confident about the future.

“I plan to focus on working with the business community - shouting how proud we are of Peterborough and making Peterborough a place of jobs and investment. We are well placed to take advantage of Brexit as we move forward.”

John Bridge, chief executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, said: “I back Mr Bristow’s roadshow idea 100 per cent.

“It is hugely important that successful areas like Peterborough are not forgotten by the Government.

“Fast growing cities like ours can provide better economic benefts for the money invested and it is important we continue to invest in success and do not allow an interruption in the wealth creation.

“But we do have issues with digital infrastructure and housing and roads.”