Final fringe event held at Conservative Party Conference

SMMT hosted a lunch event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham that focused on the need for an industrial strategy to boost UK competitiveness. SMMT representatives met Conservative MPs, MEPs, London Assembly Members, policy advisors and councillors. SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt opened the lunch, speaking on behalf of the motor industry, outlining SMMT’s recently launched industrial strategy paper that was used to focus discussion on government-led policies to ensure continued investment in the manufacturing industries.Gavin Williamson MP, PPS to Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport, was the keynote speaker, reflecting on an earlier speech by the Transport Secretary who spoke of government’s commitment to motoring and economic growth. Mr Williamson also expressed his personal experience and perspective on the automotive sector where Jaguar Land Rover is an important company in his South Staffordshire constituency.Today’s Conservative lunch was the last of the three Party Conference fringe events hosted by SMMT, as the industry body continues its high-level engagement with key politicians and stakeholders. Click through to find out more about discussions held the Liberal Democrat Conference and the Labour Party Conference.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New crime figures expected to show burglary is soaring in parts of

first_imgThe latest figures suggest criminals are now targeting areas of the country where police forces are failing to investigate burglaries and thefts, experts have warned. Police chiefs are under pressure to tackle increasing threats from terrorism and cyber crime and investigate historic sex offences,… Burglaries and thefts are rising at an alarming rate, according to Britain’s largest police force as figures from the Metropolitan Police show a 21 per cent rise in burglaries year on year. They come as new crime statistics released this week are expected to reveal a national trend.  In recent months police chiefs have said that cost-cutting measures mean they cannot devote resources to “low level crime”.last_img