Isle MP discusses the future with the Chancellor

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Isle MP Andrew Percy and Martin Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes, recently met with the Chancellor George Osborne to discuss the local economy and their ambitious bid for £1 billion of flood defence funding.

The MPs discussed the recent drop in unemployment and what can be done to create ‎more jobs.

Mr Percy said: “The Chancellor wanted to meet with us to discuss our vision for the Humber area over the next five years. We have already had a lot of investment into East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, but we welcomed the opportunity to discuss our future plans. We were also able to discuss the flood defence funding bid local MPs, the local councils and the Humber LEP have produced for our area. This is presently being assessed by the Environment Agency and Treasury officials, with a response due in July. This is a very ambitious proposal and it is a lot of money we are seeking.

“However, we made clear that the funding not only protects local homes, but also safeguards our area for economic development and protects the port complexes.

“This is good for the whole of the United Kingdom’s economy.”

They also discussed the dualling of the A15 and the electrification of the south bank rail line.