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Local Enterprise Partnership (North-east)

Part of Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 13th January 2011.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 10:30 am, 13th January 2011

My area, in Lancashire, still does not have a local enterprise partnership. Does not that process just confirm that the Secretary of State is still losing the plot on business and growth in England's regions? On 11 November he told the Lunar Society in Birmingham that his LEPs process was "Maoist" and "chaotic", and he repeated that confession to reporters from The Daily Telegraph on 20 December. Meanwhile, the Department for Communities and Local Government has just put in a takeover bid for his European money, which is meant to boost regional businesses and growth. Is not his business and enterprise Minister now left like the boy standing on the burning deck, whence all but he have fled?