It was fascinating to visit the huge Sunbelt Rentals depot in Chadderton this month. Probably one of the biggest companies you’ve never heard of, Sunbelt are the leading provider of construction plant machinery. They are an excellent company very conscious of the social impact of their work, and are striving trying to become the employer of choice of veterans, as well as doing good work welcoming care leavers into the workforce. If you’re a veteran in my constituency looking for work, please email me and I’ll put you in touch-

It was also great to visit Tileyard North which is bringing 250 jobs and £30m of investment to Wakefield, alongside Simon Lightwood, now our newest Labour MP. Attracting investment and high paid, secure jobs across our Northern economy remains a priority.

Yesterday I held a really interesting business surgery in the City of London, meeting with Microsoft, BooHoo, Hitachi, London Markets Group, Rio Tinto and Deloitte. Everyone was very receptive to my pro-business, pro-worker message, and keen to contribute to our industrial strategy, the first draft of which I presented at Shadow Cabinet this week.

I also condemned the Government’s obscene plan to lift limits on banker’s bonuses. It is the hallmark of a Government that lurches from crisis to crisis that instead of giving businesses real certainty, they’re looking down the back of the sofa for random ideas. We’ve all seen what happens when recklessness runs wild in our banking sector, and normal households and businesses pay the price – this Government hasn’t got a clue.

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