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Creating great connections on levelling up and green growth #CPC21

6th October 2021

The second day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester #CPC21 was amazing!

Excellent to hear MP Paul Scully’s, thoughts on levelling up at a discussion hosted by London Councils and to exchange ideas with him as Minister for London. Levelling up is a key agenda for the Thames Estuary, and we will continue discussions about working together to respond to it for the benefit of London and our region.

Photo of Paul Scullt MP and Kate Willard OBE on twitter with tweet that reads Good to hear @paulscullymp ’s thoughts @londoncouncils Levelling Up London discussion at #CPC21. Levelling up is a key agenda for the #ThamesEstuary. We have agreed to continue discussions about working mutually to respond to it for the benefit of London and our region.

Our map reveals the region’s deprivation

Our own research, undertaken by PRD, revealed significant patches of persistent deprivation in the Estuary, that includes East London as well as north Kent and South Essex. Some of it is easily observed, some is masked by the relative affluence around it.

The uneven nature of it has contributed to the complexity of tackling it. Despite the complexity, this dynamic Growth Board is determined to tackle it through good, green growth.

The challenge is as severe here as anywhere in the UK, a point highlighted by the fact that half of the category 1 priority levelling up local authorities in the South East of England are in the Thames Estuary.

We are working with partners in the creative sector, freight, green energy, transport, infrastructure, digital, housing and more to ensure that growth benefits people, businesses and the environment up and down the Estuary.

Discover our Thames Estuary Levelling Up Data Atlas

Everyone’s role in good green growth

Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng MP spoke passionately today at the Northern Powerhouse Leaders’ Lunch about the important role we all play to create good, green growth. This chimes harmoniously with our plans for transforming the UK’s number one growth opportunity, which we set out in our vision last year called ‘The Green Blue’.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng MP speaking on stage at Conservative Party Conference, photo slightly confusing as event background has another ministers name on it and could not be cropped out. Tweet reads Excellent speech by @KwasiKwarteng today @NP_Partnership Leaders' lunch #CPC21. Completely agree we all have a role to play to create good, green growth. It's central to our plans for transforming the UK's no.1 growth opportunity #ThamesEstuary

(This is Kwasi Kwarteng MP. Ben Houchen MP’s name is part of the event background.)

We have a number of major announcements we will be making in the coming weeks and months that are cornerstones of delivering this good, green growth. From river freight to digital, and of course hydrogen.

I have had overwhelmingly positive response to our proposals for a hydrogen ecosystem. Our ecosystem will link with others around the country to create a robust UK clean energy economy and environmental benefits for the whole country.

Our research suggests that by 2035, the Thames Estuary hydrogen ecosystem will:

  • Support 9,000 jobs.
  • Generate £3.8bn GVA.
  • Drive £2.2bn in investment.

Our ecosystem will integrate beautifully with the hydrogen plans taking shape in other parts of the country. Together we can cut the country’s emissions fast. We just need the green-light.

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