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MP secures meeting with minister on supporting tourism and hospitality jobs and businesses this winter

Cumbria Tourism’s Chief Executive Gill Haigh and Tim Farron MP

On the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon, South Lakes MP Tim Farron secured a commitment from the Prime Minister for the Government to meet with Tim and a delegation of hospitality and tourism leaders to discuss ways to support jobs and businesses through the winter.

It comes on the same day that Tim has tabled a motion in Parliament which urges the Government to extend business grants and wage support for the hospitality and tourism sector.

Speaking during the Prime Minister’s statement on the latest lockdown measures, Tim said: “I accept the need for these restrictions but the Prime Minister must know that they come at the worst possible time for hospitality and tourism in Cumbria, the Lakes, the Dales and elsewhere because furlough is ending just as the low season begins.

“Now he could back the targeted package proposed by the tourism industry and myself to save jobs and businesses through the tough winter months or he could cost the taxpayer billions in benefits and lost tax revenues if he lets them all go to the wall.

“So, will he meet with me and tourism and hospitality industry leaders so we can find a solution and save jobs?

In response, the Prime Minister said: “I thank him for what he says on behalf of the tourism and hospitality industry in his area which is a fantastic place to visit and I will certainly undertake to ensure that his delegation is able to meet with the relevant minister to find a way forward.

“We will continue to support tourism and hospitality as we have throughout this crisis.”

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