EXCLUSIVE - Prime Minister David Cameron today defended his government’s record in Shropshire and said: “I know times are tough in the county – but we are making a difference.”
The Conservative leader spoke of success stories in the county including firms that had cashed in on Olympic success.
In an exclusive interview with the Shropshire Star, he said: “I know that times are tough for many hardworking families in Shropshire but I am on the side of people who work hard and want to get on in life.
“The Government is dealing with the debt so we keep mortgage rates and the cost of living as low as possible, supporting the industries of the future so we create well-paid, proper jobs, cutting taxes for working people, capping welfare so it always pays to work not to sit at home; and reforming schools so all our children have the skills to compete.
“I understand that people in Shropshire want to see the impact this is having on their local community, and there have already been some big changes in the region.
“Over 6,000 people have started apprenticeships in the county since April 2010 and as part of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership it will share in £1.5 million awarded from the Regional Growth Fund creating around 300 jobs.
“Our Free Schools programme has seen the Barrow 1618 school open its doors to 40 pupils this term – more than they were hoping for – while across the county disadvantaged pupils are benefitting from £2.1m of additional funding through the Pupil Premium.
“Shropshire has also shared in the nation’s Olympic success this summer with A V Birch Ltd and Elements Europe Ltd winning contracts to build parts of the Olympic park.
“I’ve been clear from the start that economic recovery wouldn’t happen overnight.
“But this Government is already delivering improvements that will make a difference to people in Shropshire.”