In this episode of our Business Matters podcast series, we are joined by Labour MP for South Shields, Emma Lewell-Buck.

We talked about her pathway into politics, and how the chance to be the voice of her community really motivated her to move into public office.

Throughout the interview, we touch on the industrial and shipbuilding history of the North East and how the manufacturing industry remains crucial to future prosperity. Emma emphasises the need for investment in the skills that will support emerging and green industries.

We reflect on the funds announced for bus strategies in the North, and the difference better, cheaper transport could make to resolving ongoing struggles with connectivity.

Emma highlights the importance of the East Coast Mainline to the region, and the true value of speaking with one voice on transport issues to benefit the whole of the North.

By addressing the infrastructure issues and working to ensure Westminster understands the challenges, Emma believes the North East can become a thriving hub for investment while supporting opportunities for all communities.

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The Transport for the North podcast is a forum to allow guests to express their personal opinions about the North, and do not necessarily reflect the official position of TfN.

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