• Author:Ben Jones
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William Hague in Halton

It was great to be joined today in Halton by Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague. Together, we visited The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn, along with our fantastic Parliamentary Candidate in Weaver Vale, Graham Evans.

We were given a tour of the facilities with the Directors of SOG Ltd- owner and operator of The Heath- including Dr Peter Cook and John Lewis. We met a number of businesses based on The Heath and then William made a short speech (without notes and with great humour) before taking questions from the assembled audience of local business people and students from local schools and colleges.

It was inspiring to see how local businesses are innovating to create jobs and prosperity for our local community. This is this sort of enterprise which will help us to build on the recovery and take our economy forward after the recession. The success of The Heath has been built not on government money, but on local business leader’s ambition, vision, and ingenuity; transforming the old ICI plant into a thriving science and technology park.