The government’s Ports Minister Nusrat Ghani joined Blyth Valley’s MP Ian Levy on a visit to the Port of Blyth today.
As part of the visit, the pair met with the Port of Blyth’s CEO Martin Lawlor and Northumberland County Council leader Peter Jackson to discuss how the port can work with the council and the government to drive investment and create jobs in the area.
The visit included a boat trip to demonstrate the daily activity of the port, a viewing of the dock at Sleekburn which is currently under construction and behind the scenes access to the Catapult renewable technologies testing facility.
Blyth Valley’s MP Ian Levy made investing in jobs at the port central to his campaign at the recent General Election. He said:
“I am always amazed by how much of an impact the port and its partners have on the world stage.
“Blyth has an immense amount of potential and I was absolutely delighted to show the Ports Minister how we can make the most of that.”
The Ports Minister Nusrat Ghani said:
“I am delighted to have made my first visit to the Port of Blyth today.”
“The maritime industry is at the heart of the UK’s economy. The Port of Blyth is not only one of our key ports as a global trading nation, but also a fantastic example of the thriving offshore wind sector that is boosting renewable energy across the UK.”