Boris Johnson has hailed Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie as a powerful champion for her constituency when she asked him in parliament if a freeport on Anglesey would turbocharge the local economy.
Wearing her Ynys Môn pin, Virginia told the Prime Minister during the Queen’s Speech debate yesterday that Brexit had created huge opportunities in the form of freeports.
She then asked: “Does he agree that freeports in places such as Anglesey will turbocharge the economy and give us thousands of jobs, investment and opportunity across the UK in places where it is desperately needed?
In reply, the PM said: “My honourable friend is completely right. Anglesey could have no more powerful or effective champion than her not just on the matter of freeports, but on nuclear power as well, which she was probably also going to mention.”
Virginia also told MPs during the debate she was delighted with the Government’s new legislative programme and levelling up agenda and she even spoke a little in Welsh.
“On Ynys Môn, that agenda is much needed,” she told the Commons. “Ynys Môn has one of the lowest levels of gross value added in the UK and has seen the loss of significant local employers over many years. It has been marginalised, and every year it loses young people who leave in search of good jobs and secure employment.
“I am determined to ensure that Ynys Môn gets its fair share and that my constituents across the island see the benefit. I am unshakeable in my tenacity for jobs, jobs, jobs, investment and training—all the things that are in this Queen’s Speech. It is manna from heaven for a champion like me who wants the best for those I represent.
“This legislative programme is hard-wired for opportunity, sparking aspiration for our communities not just on Anglesey but across the UK. People want to know that the UK Government is an enabler in the covid recovery, that they can get training and jobs that are highly skilled, and that they can own their own home and have job security, and it is all in here in this Queen’s Speech.
“The Prime Minister is right: we cannot go back to pre-pandemic days. We must do even better.”
Virginia added that progress was starting to take shape on the island due to the island’s entrepreneurial spirit and government support.
“We are a hotbed of cutting-edge technologies, from marine energy businesses such as Morlais and Minesto to wind and solar developments, and Wylfa Newydd—the best nuclear site in the UK. Thanks to the UK Government, £4.8 million will be invested in the Holyhead hydrogen hub, meaning jobs and investment.”