On Wednesday 15th February, Kevan spoke in an Adjournment Debate on Economic Development in the North East, which had been secured by Nick Brown, Member of Parliament for Newcastle East.

The debate was intended to raise awareness about the negative impact of changes that are being made to economic development structures in the region, including the abolition of the Regional Development Agencies.

Kevan’s contribution to the debate focussed mainly on the North East Tourism Industry. He said, “It is worth £4 billion annually to the region and it accounts for some 5% of regional employment with 64,000 jobs. I would like to congratulate One North East on its work on tourism, which provided a significant regional focus.”

To see the rest of Kevan’s speech and to read the full debate, follow the link below: