British government must commit to support Inclusive Growth Deal – McCallion
Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said that Sinn Féin will continue to explore the potential for inclusive Growth Deals for Derry and the north-west region, alongside the wider Belfast area.
The Foyle MP was speaking following a meeting with British Secretary Sajid Javid, in which she led a delegation of civic and business leaders from the Derry and Donegal areas.
Elisha McCallion said:
“The British governments’ ‘City Deals’ plan has the potential to assist locally developed and bespoke economic programmes, such as the Strategic Growth Plan created and endorsed in Derry City.
"Today's meeting with the British government was an opportunity to outline the unique economic needs of the north-west of Ireland.
"In order to progress any potential deal, I insisted that the British government publicly commit to plans to contribute to an Inclusive Growth Deal for Derry and the north-west.
“Following years of unrelenting Tory austerity which has savaged public services and local budgets, Sinn Féin is open to any economic assistance which would develop and invest in our towns and cities.
“But as a party we have clear principles by which this assistance must be judged."