Wishing Sunderland all the very best of luck with the bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
The first round bid for this prestigious title was submitted today at 11am and the benefits of Sunderland being named UK City of Culture 2021 are difficult to overstate.
It’s a serious, realistic bid that would transform our city. The team behind the bid is determined, professional and hard working and can deliver the City of Culture bid for us all.
I want everyone to know just how special Sunderland is, and City of Culture status will do just that. Our city is a truly wonderful place for creativity.
Our city is ambitious, brave and collaborative, and our bid is too! Winning UK City of Culture 2021 would bring so much to our city. It’s a cause that anyone who loves Sunderland should get behind and I urge everyone to do so.
A successful bid would quite simply transform how we’re seen by outsiders looking in. Ask people outside of the north east what they know of Sunderland and they’ll talk of a northern industrial city that has known better times.
They also may mention the football club and Nissan, but post-2021, Sunderland would be known around the world as a cultural city. It would have the reputation of a city with huge opportunities for artists and audiences; a city where artists and performers can thrive and find ample opportunities to grow.
The next generation would benefit hugely from a successful bid. The energy generated from a successful bid would help show young people that this city can be one of excitement; while the massive investment in the city would provide jobs and opportunities for years to come.
In terms of economy, it is estimated that Hull’s 2018 title could be worth more than £80m to the city, and we would expect a similar amount or more to be invested in Sunderland.
Improvements in infrastructure and new creative companies would be the result of this investment. The bid gives us the opportunity to showcase everything that is great about Sunderland – our culture, community and creativity. It will bring a much-needed focus on the inventiveness of our people – bringing investment and regeneration.
Wishing Sunderland all the very best of luck with the bid for UK City of Culture 2021. The first round bid for this prestigious title was submitted today at 11am...
The article you are now reading is not the one I originally wrote for the Sunderland Echo on Monday afternoon. After the Prime Minister announced a snap General Election, I had to rip the original one up and start again!
It’s frustrating that we have another election, as it’s only two years since the last one, and we were asked to have our say about Brexit only a year ago. Given we have major Brexit negotiations underway, you would have thought that would have been the Prime Minister’s top priority, not an unnecessary election.
I believe we owe it to Sunderland’s young people to get a deal from the Brexit negotiations that will work for them and support them to thrive as they grow up, enter the world of work, look to get on in life and raise their families.
I had started a programme of coffee mornings about the Brexit negotiations around the constituency. I wanted to keep everyone informed about Brexit talks, and also to know your views so that I can fight for a deal that is both in Sunderland’s best interests and reflects the wishes of the people who live here. I may be forced to put them on hold now that we have an election, but I still want to hear your views on Brexit priorities, so do get in touch.
I have lived in Sunderland all my life and, growing up, my family worked in our shipyards and mines. I raised my four children here and my young grandchildren are now growing up here too. So, I share your hopes for our city’s future as well as your concerns about some of the challenges we face.
Sunderland has a special place in my heart, which is why I am so proud of our industrial and cultural heritage and unashamedly ambitious for our future.
The article you are now reading is not the one I originally wrote for the Sunderland Echo on Monday afternoon. After the Prime Minister announced a snap General Election, I had...
This week I had the pleasure of visiting Liebherr Sunderland Works – which manufacturers maritime cranes, off-shore cranes and port cranes – as part of a special Job Swap with apprentices.
For the first part of the swap, I joined apprentices at the Deptford plant – where I witnessed the continuation of our city’s proud tradition for producing top quality tradespeople.
The second part of the job swap involved inviting the apprentices back to my office in Norfolk Street, to find out more about the role of an MP working in the North East.
I have always been impressed by Liebherr’s commitment to providing quality apprenticeships for young people. I thoroughly enjoyed the job swap, which allowed me to see how Liebherr is equipping young people with valuable skills.
• Liebherr apprentices are currently taking part in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 – the official search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. Good luck!
This week I had the pleasure of visiting Liebherr Sunderland Works – which manufacturers maritime cranes, off-shore cranes and port cranes – as part of a special Job Swap with...