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WEB_6649.jpgLabour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Seema Malhotra hit the campaign trail in Carlisle yesterday with a week to go before the city council elections.

Joining Councillor Colin Glover, Leader of Carlisle City Council, at the University of Cumbria, they visited the new £1.2m STEM Laboratories. The University this week announced funding from Cumbria’s Local Enterprise Partnership had been secured for a further extension to the facility.

Seema also met students before going on to meet small business owners David & Jayne Gardiner in their independent shop, Ashbridge & Brown, in the city centre.

Seema Malhotra MP said:

“I was pleased to visit the University of Cumbria and I am very impressed by the new STEM Laboratories. There is national shortage of graduates with specific science skills and this new facility offers students a great opportunity to acquire the skills they need to go and work in places like Sellafield, in forensics or the pharmaceutical industry.

“I was pleased to hear about the close working relationship the University has with Cumbria’s local councils and the support they receive from Carlisle City Council. Under Labour leadership, Carlisle City Council has supported economic growth and business. Local councils have an important role in ensuring that business has the right environment in which to grow and create the jobs of the future.

“Investment like this is a sign of a confident city and that’s why it’s so important that people vote Labour to carry on this progress on Thursday next week.”

Councillor Colin Glover, Labour Leader of Carlisle City Council said:

“These are exciting times for our local University and I was pleased to welcome Seema to Carlisle to see the new STEM labs. The news of further investment from the Local Enterprise Partnership to expand the facilities further is a huge boost for the city.

“The Labour City Council is committed to working closely with local business and our educational establishments to ensure everything is done to attract the jobs of the future. We are ambitious for our city and we can’t afford to slip back under a Tory council.”

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