Labour’s Metro Mayors in the North West have today backed the Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves MP’s plan to make, buy and sell more in their regions to help industry thrive and bring good jobs to Britain.
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves last week pledged Labour would make, buy and sell more in Britain under a Labour government, unveiling a plan to raise standards, award more public contracts to British businesses and bring the jobs of the future to the UK.
Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotherham and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham both back the plan which willraise standards nationally and globally, as well as boosting British business and creating new jobs. On a visit to Liverpool today (Thursday), the Shadow Chancellor will see how locally controlled spending has a positive impact on jobs and how the Metro Mayors are leading the way on this plan.
Labour will use the social and environmental stretch clauses in public contracts to raise standards, mirroring the approach taken in other countries including France and the US.
Getting behind the pledge today, the Labour Metro Mayors underlined a number of initiatives already in place to create good jobs and boost local industry.
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rachel Reeves MP said:
“Labour’s Metro Mayors are already enacting Labour values, working hard to bring good jobs and thriving economies to all of those in their local areas.
“Labour in government will help them do even more with our plan to buy, make and sell more locally, getting our post-pandemic economy firing on all cylinders across the whole country and giving people new skills for the jobs of the future.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:
“From Greater Manchester’s Good Employment Charter – which helps employers to develop good jobs and businesses to grow and succeed – to the additional weighting we give to bids delivering social value in procurement, we are showing how we can raise standards, nurture the skills of the future and build stronger local economies.
“Now is the time where Greater Manchester can lead the way in achieving an ambition that we should all strive for country wide.”
Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram said:
“In the Liverpool City Region, we’re working to build the greenest, fairest and most inclusive economy possible, with a real focus on ensuring that money spent in our region stays in our region and benefits our communities.
“As Mayor, I’ve been leading by example, with funding from our £500m Strategic Investment Fund prioritised for businesses that do the right things, like paying the Real Living Wage; offering jobs and apprenticeships to people from underrepresented groups and using local labour and supply chains – to squeeze as much social value out of our investment as possible.
“We’re already starting to see that make a real difference. From our £460m publicly owned trains and my plans to harness the River Mersey to provide enough clean energy to power one million homes, to the Young Person’s Guarantee, a promise of hope to all our young people, we’re showing the difference that local decision making, and locally controlled spending can have. With Labour in power, we’re making sure that no one is left behind.”