Labour Chief and Shadow Chancellor go to the Port of Tilbury

SIR Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves toured the Port of Tilbury yesterday to overview London’s main port and its enlargement plans.

Throughout their go to, the Labour chief and the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer witnessed the significance of constructing infrastructure to generate progress within the UK.

Each politicians additionally obtained a briefing on the availability chain calls for throughout a few of the nation’s fast-developing sectors together with offshore wind, hydrogen and sustainable fuels.

The staff mentioned how authorities and trade can work in partnership to create sustainable, well-paid jobs throughout the nation via a powerful industrial technique.

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Rachel Reeves in hi-vis jackets and helmets
Sir Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves throughout their tour. Picture from The Port of Tilbury

In addition to listening to the enterprise’ plans for the long run, Starmer and Reeves additionally met a bunch of apprentices on the forefront of the port’s essential work.

The port’s ongoing apprenticeship programmes goal to construct the abilities base to help rising enterprise areas reminiscent of shopper items, constructing supplies and recyclables.

Forth Ports owns and operates The Port of Tilbury, alongside seven different business ports on the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay: Grangemouth, Dundee, Leith, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy.

The Port of Tilbury is the primary UK port for forestry merchandise, building supplies, paper, grain and recyclables.

The port has a powerful market presence in bulk commodities, containers, trailers, vehicles and cruise vessels.

Charles Hammond OBE, Chief Govt of Forth Ports Group, commented: “Ports are epicentres for the rising inexperienced financial system. 

“Our multi-million funding plan throughout our main ports will speed up the nation’s path towards a decarbonised financial system constructed upon low carbon logistics, low carbon fuels and low carbon energy era.”

Keir Starmer MP, Chief of the Labour Social gathering, stated: “Right here at Tilbury Port, I used to be struck by the dimensions of the operations, the dimensions of the group’s inexperienced ambitions and their dedication to growing younger individuals into the managers of tomorrow. 

“Assembly the apprentices, it’s clear how funding into the world will smash the glass ceiling and break down the limitations to alternative for younger individuals.

“My Labour authorities will share ambition just like the one I’ve seen right here right now, driving progress and the subsequent era of jobs via funding within the infrastructure wanted to ship clear energy. 

“My mission-driven Labour authorities will get Britain constructing to create jobs and ship a affluent financial system.”