Clark pledges 'upgrade' to regeneration and energy supplies

Britain needs an 'upgrade in the development and regeneration of our towns and cities' and 'clean energy' must be 'at the heart' of the government's industrial policy, business and energy secretary Greg Clark has told the Conservative Party conference.

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark
Business and energy secretary Greg Clark

Speaking this morning, the former communities secretary said it was "time for our country to have an upgrade".

"An upgrade in our infrastructure. An upgrade in the resilience – and the cleanness – of our energy supplies.

"An upgrade in our education and training. An upgrade in the development and regeneration of our towns and cities", he said.

Clark also said that Britain’s economic development was "too uneven".

"We have new infrastructure like Crossrail about to open, but digital networks that leave too many people poorly connected," he said.

"We have low carbon energy systems that lead the world, but also a failure of successive governments to replace our ageing power stations."

Clark said that the UK’s "global leadership" in combating climate change "now presents us with a massive opportunity to enjoy industrial success as we put clean energy at the heart of our industrial future".

The minister called on the party to recognise the importance of place to industrial strategy.

"For far too long, governments have peered out from Whitehall and imposed policies that treated every place as if they were identical. They are not.

"The needs of Cornwall are different from those of Birmingham. And our strategy must reflect that", he said. 

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