Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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I'VE MET Wales' newest Minister Stuart Andrew to talk about the importance of our growth bid with him.

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The meeting comes before next week’s Spring Statement, where Chancellor Phillip Hammond will update Parliament on the latest forecasts for the British economy. The statement will be followed later this year by the Government’s full budget.

We are moving closer to the North Wales Growth Bid becoming a reality. The Mersey-Dee North Wales All Party Group, which I chair, wanted to meet Mr Andrew before next week’s Spring Statement so he could update us on the work he is doing to help make the Bid a success.

We discussed the importance of setting up the right structures to deliver some of the major infrastructure projects which are contained in the Growth Bid proposals, and how important preparation will be in delivering the projects involved in the Bid.

I wanted to make clear to Mr Andrew – a politician who has previously worked in North Wales – how important it was for the Government to ensure they work to make our Growth Bid a success. I’m glad he met us today – and I look forward to working alongside him to secure the best for North Wales in the coming months.

Minister updated on Growth Bid hopes for North Wales

I'VE MET Wales' newest Minister Stuart Andrew to talk about the importance of our growth bid with him.

To mark St David’s Day, I attended an event in parliament on behalf of Leonard Cheshire Cymru, a charity that supports disabled people across Wales. IL_LC.JPG

2018 marks the 70th birthday of the charity, which provides social care across Wales, as well as running innovative programmes such as Can Do to help build the skills and confidence of young disabled people to support them on their journeys to independence. The charity also recently launched their Untapped Talent campaign to remove the barriers to employment for disabled people.

I was pleased to meet with the cahrity, who do such important work supporting people here in Wales, and to discuss the issues facing disabled people.”

Supporting Leonard Cheshire's work in Wales

To mark St David’s Day, I attended an event in parliament on behalf of Leonard Cheshire Cymru, a charity that supports disabled people across Wales. 

I HAVE met staff at Manchester Airport to discuss boosting links between North Wales and the airport further.

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The discussions came as part of an Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) visit to the site, where I toured the site, including the transport interchange station and Terminal 2, and also learned about the ongoing £1bn investment to transform the airport. It also preceded an event in Parliament on Monday, where Welsh Government minister Ken Skates and UK Secretary of State Chris Grayling shared a platform to discuss transport in North Wales and beyond.

Manchester Airport served more than a million passengers from North Wales in 2016, and 156,021 from Wrexham alone.

I’m grateful to the Industry and Parliament Trust for their help in setting up the visit – it really was very informative.

 During the day, we discussed the links between North Wales and Manchester Airport, including the rail link which I worked on a cross-party basis to secure which runs via Chester and the EasyBus service which runs via Wrexham. Boosting those kind of links, where people can get to the airport on public transport, is vitally important. The more links between North Wales and airports in North West England the better for Wrexham people, whether they are using the airports for holidays, for business – or as exporters. I’ll also be visiting Liverpool Airport in the coming months to discuss similar issues with them, and it is something I will be highlighting to Ministers as we work to secure the North Wales Growth Deal.

Boosting Airport links

I HAVE met staff at Manchester Airport to discuss boosting links between North Wales and the airport further.


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