Businesses & Jobs

We are home to many innovative businesses in high-growth sectors such as technology, telecoms and life sciences. We are ideally placed for the raft of investment and opportunities which the Government has announced for science, technology and defence. I will work to:

  • Increase the opportunities for new small businesses to arrive and start up including availability of business premises;
  • Increase business investment, working in conjunction with local business leaders and central Government to maximise opportunities in key growth areas;
  • Champion job opportunities for women. As Chair of the Women & Work Parliamentary Group, I have consistently lobbied Government for a Women’s Employment Taskforce and strategy to support women’s employment in the recovery, particularly in areas where they have been historically underrepresented, such as science and technology.


Laura discusses Crossrail and local transport in the House of Commons

During a debate on transport in the House of Commons on 19 May, Laura celebrated the upcoming opening of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), which will shorten journey times from Newbury station to Canary Wharf to an hour, and she also raised her frustrations with GWR's May timetable which has reduce

Laura speaks to Grant Shapps following P&O workers announcement

Everyone has been shocked by the disgraceful way that P&O ferries has treated its staff. Many of us in Parliament have been thinking hard about how best to rectify the situation for the workers and make sure nothing like this happens again.