Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to visit Wakefield

1st October 2010.  Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg at the opening of Kennedys Sheffield offices.
1st October 2010. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg at the opening of Kennedys Sheffield offices.
3
Have your say

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to visit Wakefield to celebrate business successes in the city.

The Sheffield MP is due in the region later this summer as part of visits to praise investment and job creation schemes.

Full details about his arrival have not yet been confirmed.

But his visit was revealed by Wakefield Council chief executive Joanne Roney during the Wakefield District Business Awards.

Speaking in front of 250 guests at the Cedar Court Hotel in Calder Grove om Tuesday, she said he would come as part of a deal for the Leeds City Region - a partnership of 11 local authorities, including Wakefield, to help stimulate the economy.

She said: “I want the Leeds City Region as a whole to succeed, because success across the region will help us all.

“Over the coming weeks you will see a steady stream of ministers coming to the region; to cement the Leeds City Region City Deal and to celebrate a number of business successes in our area.

“We will welcome their visits but more importantly we welcome the fact that many of our businesses are doing well despite the ravages of the great recession.”

She said the deal will include an apprenticeship training academy to get young people involved with small and medium sized companies, and a pot of cash to fuel growth.

Ms Roney added: “I can’t give you all the detail about the cash as Nick Clegg would be upset with me for ruining his day in the sun.

“But getting cash to stimulate growth and bring projects forward is extremely important.”