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GSK announcement adds to government neglect of Cumbria - Farron

July 19, 2017 2:23 PM

Today's announcement by GSK to cancel their planned investment at their Ulverston site shows the Government has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to the Cumbrian economy, according to South Lakes MP Tim Farron.

Commenting on the announcement, Tim said: "This is a massive blow for the South Lakes, and shows just how much the Government has taken its eye off the ball over the last two years. Any Government worth its salt should have seen this coming - and for the Northern Powerhouse to mean anything they should be working with companies like GSK to secure investment here in Cumbria.

"I was proud when Vince Cable, then Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, and the late Brendan Jameson, then Liberal Democrat leader of South Lakeland District Council, worked with GSK to secure the planned expansion in 2012. This Government has failed to show anything like the same level of commitment to our area."

Tim has also contacted GSK to seek clarification on the future of the current site.

He continued: "Many residents both directly and indirectly employed by GSK will be nervous about the prospect of the site being sold off. I am seeking clarification on the likely impact of the workforce if the site is sold off, and am keen to work with neighbouring MPs and the local council to secure the future of the site going forwards."