Mike Amesbury MP standing in front of the derelict East Lane House in Runcorn
Mike Amesbury MP standing in front of the derelict East Lane House in Runcorn

Boris Johnson pledged to answer the plea of ‘left behind’ towns.

Yet it’s Tory areas benefiting from their £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund.

The local authority in Rishi Sunak’s constituency is ranked 251st in the England deprivation index yet categorised in priority 1.

Halton, which is ranked at 39th, is in priority 2.

The current hospital site and surrounding community, in the Runcorn part of my constituency, are in desperate need of investment to deal with health, social and economic inequalities.

An application will be worked up for submission to the Levelling Up fund, based around Halton Lea, for up to £20 million.

And there are still plans to redevelop the Halton hospital site – despite previous failed bids – and Shopping City.

One positive is that a planning application has been lodged to regenerate the East Lane House site with housing, a care home and hotel.

I’m challenging Johnson to put some investment into Runcorn. I’m challenging him to put his money where his mouth is because deprivation and poorer life chances are never acceptable.

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