West Midlands Conservative MEP Dan Dalton has today (Friday 4th Dec) visited Stoke-on-Trent to add his voice to the city’s growing reputation as a resurgent force in international manufacturing and enterprise.
Mr Dalton has been wowed by the city’s progress in re-forging its sense of purpose and identity, with business self-confidence, unemployment falling at record speed and manufacturing growing fast.
The ex-professional cricketer has vowed to bat for Stoke-on-Trent in Brussels and Strasbourg.
“This is a hard-working city which ticks all the boxes for me. It is ambitious and creative, with a great tradition of entrepreneurial energy and a really welcoming and friendly community.
“I have a great interest in enterprise, industry and tourism in the European Parliament. This is a great British city which has so much to offer on all fronts. And now it is a European City of Sport for 2016 too. It’s a very special place,” he said.
The visit included a meeting with creative artists from the British Ceramic Biennial and B-Arts at the China Hall at Spode.
“This city’s heritage is a superb asset in its own right. There is a rich and unique architectural inheritance. The city’s special character, its place in history, should be cherished for future generations and will attract increasing numbers of visitors from across the world,” he added.
Mr Dalton also visited Lucideon to see how research and development is transforming the city into a European centre for advanced materials technology.
“The Government has recognised Stoke-on-Trent as a growth point for UK Plc and has backed the delivery of the nation’s first and only Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone.
“High profile backing for the Northern Gateway Development Zone partnership, plus the Chancellor’s commitment to ensure the city gains from HS2, show that this is a city with a resurgent reputation. It’s all coming together for Stoke-on-Trent,” he said.
Deputy Council Leader Conservative Abi Brown welcomed the MEP’s reflections on the future of the city.
“The city is making its mark in the corridors of power, in the market halls of international commerce and in homes and lives of people across the world. This is a city which has a fabulous tradition and the energy and capacity to play a significant role in the world. I am delighted Dan is on the team speaking up for Stoke-on-Trent,” she said.