Friday, December 14, 2012

News: New MP champions Rotherham in maiden speech


Newly elected Rotherham MP, Sarah Champion used her maiden speech in the House of Commons to talk up Rotherham and its businesses.

During an important debate on the economy, Champion highlighted government cuts, job losses and youth unemployment but went on to share facts about industry in the borough.

She said: "The people of Rotherham are proud of their town, but they cannot understand why none of the good things are ever shared. Let me redress that.

"Seven out of 10 top Formula 1 racing cars are constructed of Rotherham steel.

"Every five seconds, somewhere in the world, an aircraft takes off or lands that is reliant on gear made from Rotherham steel.

"In recent years, Rotherham has embraced growing industries in advanced manufacturing, finance and IT services. Rotherham Ready, which was launched in 2005, is internationally acclaimed for its approach to integrating enterprise into learning for all children aged four to 19.

"This year, 18 new independent businesses opened in Rotherham town centre, as well as two national retailers. The recent £7.5m Clifton Park restoration is a benchmark of excellence. Rotherham Show is the largest free show in the north of England and welcomed 80,000 visitors during its two days in September.

"Rotherham United's stunning new home, the New York stadium, opened its doors to a sell-out crowd this year.

"Rotherham is the only place in the country affiliated to the Athena international programme, the main aim of which is to secure balance in leadership worldwide. As the first ever woman to be elected as MP for Rotherham, I am particularly pleased with that affiliation and I will work to support more young women to reach their full potential."

Sarah Champion website



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