Diana Johnson

  1. MPs warn over 'real threat' to East Yorks caravan industry

    Hull’s three MPs have written to the chancellor asking for support for caravan manufacturers in the area in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Caravans

    The industry, which has major manufacturers based in Hull and East Yorkshire, has been struggling due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the MPs say.

    Labour MPs Emma Hardy, Dame Diana Johnson and Karl Turner are calling on Rishi Sunak to take a "flexible, sector-specific approach" to ending the furlough scheme to allow firms to adapt and adjust.

    Mr Turner, MP for Hull East, said: "Caravan manufacturing is at the very heart of our regional economy. Coronavirus has taken a terrible toll on people’s lives and livelihoods.

    "This government must now ensure Hull’s post-pandemic economic recovery is not stopped in its tracks before it gets fully started.

    "As a seasonal business, there is a very real threat that if support is not continued, we will see job losses later in the year," Mr Turner added.

  2. MPs in government cash plea over future of Hull Trains

    MPs are calling for Hull Trains to get government funding so it can start running services again and avoid going out of business.

    Hull Trains

    The train operator made the decision to stop running services after passenger numbers "dropped significantly" when the coronavirus lockdown came into force.

    Hull’s three MPs have now written to the government asking it to provide financial support to the firm.

    In a letter to transport minister Grant Shapps, they said without some financial help, the firm could "go out of business permanently", with the loss of 130 jobs.

    Hull Trains is an open access operator and so does not qualify for any support package which other rail franchise operators can access, the letter added.

    Diana Johnson, MP for Hull North, Emma Hardy, MP for Hull West and Hessle and Karl Turner, MP for Hull East, all signed the letter which was sent on Monday.

    Hull Trains said the decision to halt services in March was based on the safety of crew and passengers, as well as "the commercial viability of running our trains with so few passengers".

    It said: "At Hull Trains we continue to assess the situation based on advice from the government and - when we are in a position to resume services – will implement all necessary precautions for the safety of our crew and passengers to start running trains as soon as we can."

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    Video caption: PMQs: Diana Johnson on Northern Powerhouse and funding

    A Hull MP asks the prime minister about the "stalling" of the Northern Powerhouse and Yorkshire devolution and calls for the government to spend more in the Yorkshire area.