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Jackie optimistic over borough jobs
7:10am Sunday 27th May 2012 in News
THURROCK’s MP has spoken of a positive future for the borough in a contribution to a debate on jobs in the House of Commons.
Addressing fellow MPs last Thursday, Jackie Doyle-Price spoke of the thousands of jobs on the horizon in Thurrock.
She added, though, that with the growth of jobs comes the need to invest in the road network.
Ms Doyle-Price said: “The simple fact is that deficit reduction and the pursuit of growth are not mutually exclusive, indeed, we lay the foundations for lasting growth when we go back to living within our means.
“Jobs and growth rely on investment by individuals and businesses, not on Government spending.”
Ms Doyle-Price added investment in Thurrock is set to provide new jobs, with the expansion of Lakeside Shopping Centre, the new London Gateway port and the expansion of Tilbury Port, which could mean a further 10,000 jobs.
She added: “Within this decade, more cargo will be landed in Thurrock than anywhere else in the country. However, we will need capacity in the road network. “We are finally looking at designing and working up proposals to improve junction 30 of the M25.
“That single project alone will unlock so much economic capacity in south Essex.”