The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was in town yesterday for the announcement of a jobs boost at Nestlé’s Halifax site.
The confectioners will be investing £5.2 million in the production of Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups for exportation to the US market, creating 45 new jobs in the town.
Mr Osborne said that if the Conservatives were in Government following the General Election in May, 100,000 more jobs will be greated across the Yorkshire region by 2020.
He said that he wanted to “re-balance the economy” by investing in the region’s transport infrastructure.
Mr Osborne said Yorkshire was a vital part of his plans for a Northern powerhouse.
“We want a truly national economic recovery,” he added. “The evidence is that this is happening,” he said.
“Yorkshire is growing and creating jobs and on many measures doing so more quickly than the rest of the country. Now we need to sustain this and remove the decades old North and South divide.
“That is why the Prime Minister and I are here setting out how we will build a Northern powerhouse.”
Speaking at the Nestle factory Mr Osborne said: “This is a fantastic investment in Halifax and it is an example of a UK company producing products for export.”
Linda Riordan, Labour MP for Halifax, said:“I welcome this investment and the new jobs that will be created in the town.
“Nestlé has a hard-working and dedicated local workforce, which is extremely well represented by the Trade Unions.
“ It’s a welcome boost that Nestlé continue to invest and expand the Halifax site, which is a key part of our local economy.”
Mr Osborne was in Halifax as part of a tour of Yorkshire with the Prime Minister David Cameron.
Halifax is a key battleground seat for any party hoping to have a majority Government after the General Election.