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ICE hustings drive infrastructure debate

infra debate in london

Parties from across the political spectrum set out their commitments to infrastructure at a series of ICE debates held across the UK ahead of elections in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the mayoral election in London.

The hustings followed the launch of the ICE London, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales manifestos.

They provided a platform for debate on a number of key issues raised by the Institution. 

At the London Infrastructure Debate at the ICE’s headquarters, mayoral candidates or their representatives set out their stalls on issues including housing, transport, airport capacity and climate change. In its manifesto, ICE London said the next mayor had to be “radical and innovative” about finding ways to pay for the £1.3trillion investment needed in the capital’s infrastructure by 2050.

Northern Ireland’s ICE-organised built environment debate at Belfast’s Metropolitan Arts Centre, organised in partnership with other institutions, was attended by all main Northern Ireland political parties, with many candidates supporting the ICE’s Northern Ireland’s recommendations.

The main Welsh political parties set out their infrastructure commitments following ICE Wales Cymru’s calls for continued investment in new and existing assets, the creation of a skills strategy for Wales and commitment to the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan.

At the final debate in Edinburgh, Scottish political candidates spoke on skills, delivery and resilience. In February, ICE Scotland challenged policy-makers to sign up to a pledge supporting infrastructure maintenance, development and delivery for the benefit of the country. 

“ICE Scotland’s manifesto highlights the issues which will shape the future delivery of infrastructure in Scotland and offers practical ways forward,” said ICE Scotland director Sara Thiam. “We ask policy-makers to commit to the aims and join the discussion on how we deliver the future infrastructure Scotland needs.”

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