Labour MP Nick Raynsford has criticised the lack of attention given to the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) by the current government in recent weeks, saying it was as if the NIP “didn’t exist.”
Raysnford comments came at the ICE’s fringe event at the Labour conference in
Liverpool last week.
Shadow business minister Ian Lucas MP also spoke at the reception, which was attended by industry and policy experts.
Vital to country
Raynsford, who heads the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure (APPGI), added that the purpose of the NIP was to give “better certainty and better focus”, and that cementing the ideas of the Plan was “vital to the country’s future.”
The event was on the same day that shadow chancellor Ed Balls unveiled a five-point plan to revive the UK economy, that included bringing forward infrastructure investment.
On day two of the conference, Labour’s shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle also reaffirmed the party’s backing to High Speed 2, who said the construction of HS2 is the “only credible way” to tackle capacity problems between north and south.
Also speaking at the ICE event, Association of Consulting and Engineering chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin urged a long-term view towards infrastructure investment, saying that while he “understood there are challenges […]we need to invest in projects that will create opportunities for young people.”
He said that the construction industry “represented nearly £20bn of turnover” and deserved to have its voice heard in the scramble for government funding.
The event was also held at the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham, and will take place at the Conservative conference in Manchester this week.