Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb has unveiled her own constituency-wide levelling up agenda in parliament.
She said her priorities would be regeneration of Lye, growth, jobs and protecting the green belt.
Speaking during the Queen’s Speech debate yesterday, Suzanne told MPs: “As the Prime Minister has launched his own agenda of levelling up and building back better I, too, am launching my own levelling-up agenda in my Stourbridge constituency, focusing on regeneration, growth, the protection of my green belt, the regeneration of a town called Lye and growth in terms of jobs.
She added she would be working with the West Midlands Mayor to ensure the skills gap is narrowed in the constituency.
Suzanne also paid tribute to the NHS in Stourbridge. “They have gone above and beyond, and we owe them a debt of gratitude,” she told the House of Commons.
She also refuted claims from Labour that the NHS needs rescuing.
"I see a picture of talent and dedication, an NHS that has stood the test of time since its inception and, indeed, through this pandemic.
“It is an NHS that is leading the way: one that has been truly transformational in adapting to a pandemic.
“I am not blind to the pressures on the NHS; it is under significant financial pressure. Equally, I am not blind to the fact that it is this Government who have delivered the biggest cash boost in history for the NHS, enshrining it in law and safeguarding it for future generations by investing an additional £33.9 billion in frontline service every year by 2024. It is the largest and longest funding settlement in the history of the NHS.”
Suzanne also welcomed the Government’s confirmation it would bring forward plans for social care reform this year.
But she added: “My one ask is this: we must look for mechanisms to protect taxpayers’ hard-earned money, and look to increase the threshold for paying for social care to above £100,000."