The comments made by Ed Miliband, the Shadow Business Secretary, on 4 March 2021.
Our manufacturers should be at the heart of our economic recovery. But the Budget left them out in the cold. No mention of steel, no new support for aerospace, no new help for our automotive sector.
Manufacturing industries are crucial to communities across the country, providing highly-paid, highly-skilled jobs in Yorkshire, the North East, the Midlands and South Wales. To truly rebalance our economy away from London, we need to invest in these leading industries.
We are falling behind other countries in the support our government is providing and we will all pay the price. We needed to see an ambitious £30 billion green stimulus package to create jobs, tackle the climate emergency, and secure the long-term future our manufacturers should rightly have.