MP Responds to Thames Freeport Green Light

Thames Freeport
MP Responds to Thames Freeport Green Light

The Thames Freeport has been given the go ahead to formally constitute its board and start operating fully, following the approval of the final business case by the UK Government. The Thames Freeport has been a contentious issue locally with many being sceptical of the project believing it could open the door for tax evasion and poor working conditions.

Jon Cruddas MP has supported the project since the off stating that the freeport will act as catalyst for green growth in London with Dagenham at its centre. The country is currently facing significant economic uncertainty but if we play this right we are looking at thousands of jobs and billions in new investment being injected into the local community.”

Reacting to today’s announcement the Labour MP for Dagenham & Rainham said: “This investment will work hand-in-hand with London’s three wholesale markets due to be relocated at Dagenham Dock in the coming years, and when coupled with other exciting projects such as the film studios it is fair to say we are putting Dagenham back on the map – ensuring many thousands of good jobs are once again Made in Dagenham and available for local people. I do take on board the concerns around workers’ rights and the potential for corporate tax evasion. That is why as the Freeport moves into operation it is vitally important that it is subject to political scrutiny from MPs and local authorities, who can hold companies benefitting from the zone to account where necessary.”

The Freeport is an economic zone located in the Thames Estuary and with 1,700 acres of development land, no location can match Thames Freeport for access to Europe’s largest consumer market and its excellent connectivity to 18 million people.

A partnership between Ford, Forth Ports Limited and DP World, Thames Freeport will see over £4.6 billion in new public and private investment, and the creation of over 21,000 new jobs and many more across supply chains.  Significant investment in training and skills will contribute to the ‘levelling-up’ of the communities and businesses in East London and South Essex. 

Margaret Mullane, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Dagenham & Rainham at the next election also welcomed the news: “The Thames Freeport will completely reshape urban logistics in this part of London, removing HGVs from our roads – particularly along the A13 by encouraging a greater use of the river. The prospect of thousands of new jobs is a welcome one, but like Jon I think these need to be proper secure and unionised jobs. In the coming weeks we will be speaking with Unite the Union to ensure that the Thames Freeport and the businesses which plan to operate there are held to the highest employment, environmental, and social standards.”