Secretary of State visits Derby

Published: 23 July 2020

Robert Jenrick Secretary of State

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick

City leaders today (Thursday 23rd July) met with Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick on his visit to Derby.

Following a tour of Derby’s iHub innovation centre, Mr Jenrick and guests discussed the city’s plan to build back better. You can read more about the visit here, and view our gallery below.

Present for the visit were:

  • Cllr Chris Poulter, Leader, Derby City Council
  • Pauline Latham, MP, Mid-Derbyshire
  • Amanda Solloway, MP, Derby North
  • Dame Margaret Beckett, MP, Derby South
  • Paul Simpson, CEO, Derby City Council
  • Rachel North, Deputy CEO, Derby City Council
  • Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby
  • Dr Emma Kelly, Strategy Director, Nuclear AMRC

Local Government Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

Councils have been our nation’s unsung heroes in the fight against coronavirus, ensuring vital services continue to be delivered– and I want to thank all the staff at Derby City Council for their outstanding efforts. The recovery plans, including funding to help businesses expand, create more jobs and a more vibrant city centre with more homes are very impressive. And the transformation of the Market Place into an alfresco dining area provides a great place for people to socialise safely and real support for the local hospitality businesses. We are keen to work with the City Council as their ambitious plans develop and are already supporting the regeneration plans with £36.7m investment – on top of providing over £62.8m to support communities in Derby during the pandemic and help businesses in the area reopen safely.

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