Sherriff guns for Tories over vow to Dewsbury

THE GOVERNMENT should keep an election promise to make Dewsbury an enterprise zone, MP Paula Sherriff said.

She has prodded leader of the House Chris Grayling and vowed to keep the pressure up.

Ms Sherriff (Lab, Dewsbury and Mirfield) believes such a move would be good news for struggling traders.

Enterprise Zones offer the following main benefits:

• Up to 100 per cent business rate discount for five years;

• Simplified council planning process;

• Superfast broadband;

• Tax relief to firms making large investments in plant and machinery.

Ms Sherriff said: “Prior to the election George Osborne conveniently decided a lot of key seats would become enterprise zones.

“I told the leader of the House many traders in Dewsbury would welcome a period of being free from business rates.”

She was not impressed with Mr Grayling’s reply, which she dismissed as “slightly a non-answer”.

Ms Sherriff added: “He said, ‘well, we’ve not had 100 days yet and we said we’d do it in our first 100 days’.

“But I want the Government to act. In the very near future I want a framework in place to suggest that it will happen.”

She also said Kirklees Council would come under fire if it does not help the town.

Ms Sherriff: “Where I think Kirklees isn’t acting in the interests of Dewsbury then I’ll be the first to have that conversation with (council leader) David Sheard.

“I’m not a member of the council and it’s obviously a Labour-controlled council.

“But I’m here to hold them to account and if I don’t think they’re delivering I’ll be the first to say so.”

In a wide-ranging interview with The Press she promised to represent all areas and be as available as possible.

This includes surgeries in each council ward of the constituency and home visits.

Ms Sherriff said: “Not everybody has a car and people shouldn’t be disadvantaged by not being able to see their MP.”

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Read more from The Press’s interview with Paula Sherriff in next week’s edition.

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