Greg Clark

'Sharp drop in business confidence'

Greg Clark: Business Brexit fears must be resolved

Business confidence has seen a sharp fall since March according to the business secretary Greg Clark.

He said that while companies had largely kept faith in Britain in the three years since the referendum, that faith is beginning to vanish.

MP calls for improvements in new tourism skills course

A Cumbrian MP has asked the government to re-think a new "T-level" course for young people so that it covers more skills needed in the county's tourism industry.

The Lib Dem Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says that what was planned to be a hospitality and catering course, equivalent to an A-Level, would now concentrate mainly on catering.

During Business Questions in the Commons, Mr Farron said that with 20,000 non-UK staff working in the Lake District tourism industry, there's what he called a "desperate need for homegrown talent", whether or not Britain leaves the EU.

The Department for Education said later that the content of the T level courses was still being developed.

Tim Farron in House

The government has watered down the already-delayed catering and hospitality T level so it no longer includes hospitality - will he undo this backwards move?"

Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

These new T levels have been developed in conjunction with the sector, I hope he will acknowledge this is a great step forward."

Greg ClarkSecretary of State for Business

Clark: JLR protects thousands of jobs

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Business Secretary Greg Clark says the announcement by Jaguar Land Rover about making electric cars in the UK is a "vote of confidence in the UK automotive industry - protecting thousands of skilled jobs".

"It reflects our determination for the UK to be at the forefront of the development and manufacturing of the next generation of electric vehicles.

“The government has made a big strategic choice in its industrial strategy to be a leading force in the move to electric vehicles...we are now perfectly placed to host a gigafactory and we are determined to realise that ambition".

Brexit: Conservative Party members leaving and joining
The Brexit issue has seen some Tories leave their party, MPs facing deselection, and members joining amid claims of infiltration.