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Shadow Science and Technology Secretary Peter Kyle and Alistar Strathern visit Cadent Gas apprentices

Peter Kyle, Shadow Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, visited Hitchin today. The Shadow Minister joined Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Hitchin, Alistair Strathern.

Cadent Gas is the UK’s largest gas distribution network, bringing gas to 11 million homes and businesses. They manage a network of more than 82,000 miles of pipes, most of them underground, which transport gas throughout the North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, South Yorkshire, East of England and North London.

Peter Kyle and Alistair Strathern visited Cadent Gas and met senior leaders from the company and apprentices.

These commitments, which are two of Labour’s first steps for change, include creating thousands of new skilled jobs as part of the Green Prosperity Plan and recruiting 6,5000 new teachers in key subjects. The net zero carbon industries have an average annual wage £8,200 higher than this region’s average income.

Peter Kyle said:

“The science is clear we need to move fast to clean green tech and this is being pushed by Cadent Gas to explore green hydrogen technologies and its application to our lives today.

“Through apprenticeships and STEM outreach programmes the engineers of the future are also being trained to build the technology that will keep this country safe and secure.”

Alistair Strathern, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hitchin, said:

“As the UK transitions to a brighter, greener, future, the jobs in clean technologies will be highly skilled and apprentices in Hitchin are well placed to exploit these opportunities and compete with the best in the world to secure these roles.

“Labour is promising a Green Prosperity Plan which could see 38,000 new jobs to the East of England. Making sure our young people are ready to take that opportunity head on is vital.”




  • Labour’s Green Prosperity Plan will unleash the economic benefits of the green transition for communities across Britain.

  • Labour will switch on Great British Energy, a new publicly owned energy company to take back control of the energy system on behalf of the British people.

  • Alongside this, Labour's National Wealth Fund will help to create up to half a million jobs in Britain's industrial heartlands, giving opportunities to plumbers, electricians, welders, and workers in every single nation and region of the country. This policy will crowd in billions of additional private investment, providing a significant boost to Britain's steel, automotive, energy, and manufacturing industries.

  • Labour will set the NWF and GB Energy a key investment principle that its investments should drive regional and local economic growth, particularly including communities with historic and current ties to fossil fuel production and fossil fuel-intensive production. 

  • Analysis has found that Labour’s plans could mean, over the next decade, more than 38,000 new jobs each in the East of England. (Jobs estimate applied proportionately by nation and region based on (a) ONS, Low carbon and renewable energy economy estimates, Employment (by country) and (b) LGA, ‘Local green jobs – accelerating a sustainable economic recovery’, % share of low-carbon jobs by region in 2050 (England only)).


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