Manchester Airport and the Local Economy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:20 pm on 2nd July 2020.

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Photo of Rachel Hopkins Rachel Hopkins Labour, Luton South 4:20 pm, 2nd July 2020

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I appreciate that as a newer Member I am practising the ways, and I will get it right. Does my hon. Friend agree that regional airports have an important role to play, not only for all the direct jobs they provide in our areas, but for the wider jobs and services they can support, such as at Luton airport? It is in my constituency and it is the fifth largest airport in the UK. It provides £20 million a year in direct dividend to Luton Borough Council, which provides jobs and services, and £10 million a year direct to the voluntary and community charitable organisations. Does he agree on the importance of that role, too?