It has come to my notice that, in spite of the comments and praise for local workers from the CEO of MGT Teesside, contractors are being sought around the EU and currently none from the UK.
This seems to fly in the face of assurance being made in the press.
It makes me more concerned that the same issues that plagued Wilton 11 will also surface for this project.
I trust the unions can tear themselves away from the politics of the Labour party and start to address the needs of their members, which is what they exist to do.
We have an abundance of capable and well-trained people in this area looking for work.
They also make a contribution to the economy, because they and their families live here.
They should be supported by all who strive to make our area better and more economically active.
We can only rebuild our damaged industries by investing in our talent and training our own people to provide the skilled workers of the future, rather than abrogating the training process and costs by employing overseas labour.
Investment is not only in plant and infrastructure but also our people and their potential.
Local labour first should be our mantra.
Chris Gallacher, TD VR,