Council chief Anne Donaghy raised Wrightbus issues in face-to-face Downing Street meeting with Boris Johnson

THE Chief Executive of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has raised the issue of Wrightbus in a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street.

Anne Donaghy attended a reception involving more than 100 business leaders from across Northern Ireland.

The meeting with the PM took place in mid-September as part of events around the launch of a major initiative called ‘Vision 2030’ which aims to create 65,000 jobs in Northern Ireland.

A number of local councillors including the Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow, also attended events in London.

A report prepared for councillors attending the main monthly council meeting in Ballymena this week following the trip which took place in mid-September said: ‘The Chief Executive availed of the opportunity to engage directly with the Prime Minister where she had the opportunity to highlight the ongoing issues with Wrightbus, the need for government intervention and also new partnership arrangements between Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Dumfries and Galloway to explore a new virtual bridge in terms of digital, economic and cultural.

‘It is envisaged that a number of ministerial visits to Mid and East Antrim will now occur as a result of the engagements and influential conversations undertaken during the course of the day’s events”.

Councillor Morrow told this week’s council meeting the London trip was a “very successful networking event”.

Cllr Gregg McKeen, who was also present in Westminster, said the council needed to be part of the ‘Vision 2030’ initiative.

Alderman Paul Reid, another of those who was in London, said it was important they had been there seeking opportunities especially regarding the news of job losses in recent weeks at places like Wrightbus.

“We have suffered a lot in the Borough over the last number of years,” he added.

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