“GIVE US A GIGAFACTORY” says Byrne | Liam Byrne MP for Metro Mayor

Liam Byrne, Labour’s Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands, is leading calls in Parliament for the West Midlands to be home a new car-battery making Gigafactory as part of the region’s economic recovery.  In a letter to the Prime Minister from Liam Byrne, signed by all Labour MPs in the West Midlands, he said, ”With the existing multimillion pound government investment in the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry now open and operating, there is land next door for a Gigafactory available, with world leading business supporting the location due to the local skills and expertise, supply chain and easy accessibility right in the center of the country.” One company, BritishVolt, has already signed a Memoradum of Understanding with the Welsh Labour Government to start developing a Gigafactory in North Wales, there are fears that Coventry and the West Midlands could lose out on this opportunity unless the Government and the Mayor act fast.  Liam added: “We need our Conservative Mayor to step up and ensure that the Conservative Government in London supports, without equivocation, Coventry as the home to the first Gigafactory to be built in England.” “Our region has the space available, the skills necessary and the appetite to take green manufacturing to the next level.  By joining up the impressive work already being done at UKBIC with our historic role at the heart of UK automotive engineering, we can build a Gigafactory that will create hundreds of well-paid high-skilled green manufacturing jobs and help reduce CO2 pollution on our roads.” In a spirit of cross-party working to improve the West Midlands economy, Liam Byrne has tabled Early Day Motion 835 in the House of Commons encouraging the Government to back the West Midlands and lay out their plans for building “a world leading plant” in the region.   Liam added: “This isn’t about trying to score political points but about grabbing a once in a generation opportunity to reaffirm the West Midlands as the home of the UK automotive industry and put the West Midlands at the heart of the Green Manufacturing revolution. I am willing to work with and MP from any Party who shares my ambition for our region which I why I have also written to the region’s Conservative MPs and asked for their support to get the Gigafactory we want and need.”