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Members of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Platinum Group and Patron Group Meet with Labour Party to Discuss Growth

IMG 0280Members of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Platinum Group and Patron Group met with Pat McFadden, Ian Austin and Adrian Bailey on Friday 27 March at Thomas Dudley Ltd. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how the Labour Party would help deliver the aim of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce: to double the size of the Black Country economy by the end of 2023.

Ninder Johal, President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce chaired the event. He said: “It was refreshing to hear politicians talk candidly about some of the challenges the Black Country faces.” Chamber members posed questions on Europe, education and the growth gap in the region. Ninder Johal added: “The Labour Party seem to be open to using investment in transport and skills infrastructure whilst the economic conditions are right. This is what our members have been asking for: local gridlock is resulting in businesses moving out of the area and whilst education providers are unable to meet demand, our businesses continue to run under capacity.”

He continued: “Underperformance in schools is costing the region £1bn a year. If education remains disconnected from jobs, we risk continuing the underperformance and never realising our aim.”

The three Labour Party candidates pledged their support to the activities that the Black Country Chamber of Commerce was planning, to close the education employment gap and raise performance in schools.

Last modified on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 09:08

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