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Paul Howell explained supporting British business is part of the bigger plan to create jobs in the UK. While Dehenna Davison MP added that politicians should promote British goods more. During the second day of the Blue Collar Conservatism conference, Mr Howell said: “It always feels good to support your local environment whether that’s your local town, your county or a parliamentary seat.
“I think paying a small premium that is creating jobs in our part of the world is absolutely a good thing to do.”
Ms Davison added: “There’s an amazing sense of community in the North East that I don’t think anywhere else in the country has.
“I think there’s definitely that sort of proudness of being British and standing up for the values we have as a country.
“One of my favourite visits was to the Ebac factory where every single washing machine gets a Union Jack sticker on there to prove that it’s the best of British, it’s high quality and it’s promoting being proud of our incredible exports.
“The North East is incredible, the UK is incredible and I think it’s time we as politicians start talking about that more.”
The results from the poll, which ran on Express.co.uk, from 12pm to 5pm today, asked whether the Britons would be willing to spend more on British-made products.
A total of 7,471 votes were and a staggering 94 percent (6,993) of readers voted in favour of spending more on UK products.
Only six percent (401) said ‘no’ and just 77 people opted for ‘don’t know’.
Responding in the comments section, one person said: “I would be absolutely 100 percent prepared to pay more for British products.
“I already actively support British farmers by buying locally grown produce.
“British-made products would be welcome.”
Another said: “When the UK entered the ‘Common Market’ food prices rose by about 20 percent.
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“Now we are out of the EU we can start sourcing foods etc from our old Commonwealth friends.
“Better food and likely to be at a better price than from the EU.”
All week Express.co.uk will bring you exclusive coverage of the Blue Collar Conservatism Conference 2020, an event founded by former minister Esther McVey to listen to the views of grassroots voters in new Conservative seats across the UK.
Express journalists will travel up and down the country with Ms McVey’s team to hear what real people think of the key issues affecting their lives.
Of the event in association with the Daily Express, Ms McVey said: “This is the start of doing the traditional party conferences in a very different way. It is a Party Political Conference first. Travelling the country reaching out and speaking to the public and then getting Cabinet Ministers to reply.”
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