Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has set out plans to invest in transport, housing and manufacturing industries in the Yorkshire at a regional party conference today.
Speaking at the Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party conference in Sheffield Mr Corbyn described South Yorkshire as a “great place with fantastic skills”.
And Mr Corbyn said Labour was committed to improving the economy for the whole area.
As part of plans he said Labour would improve the Midland Main Line and East West Rail network to speed up connections from cities in the region including Sheffield and Leeds.
Mr Corbyn also pledged to support the steel industries in the region after criticising the Tory Government’s response to the crisis hit sector’s woes.
The news comes after Sheffield Forgemasters was dealt another blow following the announcement of 100 job losses.
He said: “They failed to intervene to support the steel industry and failed communities that rely on those industries.”
Mr Corbyn added: “We will invest in the development of local economies to improve strength in manufacturing industries so we will be supporting the steel industries to keep Sheffield Forgemaster going and other steel industries. “Sheffield’s a great place, South Yorkshire’s a great place with fantastic skills and a fantastic record of industrial achievement and we want to build on that to make for a stronger economy in the whole area.”
Setting up a National Investment Bank to will help with housing and very localised transport networks was also top Mr Corbyn’s agenda to improve things in the region.
The Labour Party leader was also joined by Alan Johnson MP, Chair of Labour In For Britain, Hilary Benn, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Linda McAvan MEP and Richard Corbett MEP at the conference who set out the case for the UK to stay in the EU ahead of the forthcoming referendum.
Mr Corbyn travelled from the conference to London to attend a march against nuclear weapons organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Many criticised the move as his party is caught up in an internal debate about whether to drop support for a continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent.