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Prime minister David Cameron repeats Lowestoft third crossing pledge

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 June 2015

Prime Minister, David Cameron with conservative candidate Peter Aldous looking over the bascule bridge.

Prime Minister, David Cameron with conservative candidate Peter Aldous looking over the bascule bridge.

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Prime Minister David Cameron has repeated his government's pledges to invest in East Anglia's infrastructure as the debate on the Queen's Speech gets under way.

In a piece written in his name, the Prime Minister promises to press ahead with plans to improve rail services between the region and London.

He also repeats the promise to fund a third crossing in Lowestoft.

Meanwhile, businesses in the region welcomed proposals contained in the new Secretary of State for Business’ Enterprise Bill to cut £10billion worth of red tape.

Sajid Javid made it clear within days of being appointed that he wanted to help firms create jobs and improve competitiveness by reducing any barriers to progress.

The Bill includes measures to reduce regulation on small businesses so they can take on more staff.

John Dugmore, chief executive of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said last night: “Businesses will welcome the Government’s proposals to cut red tape announced in today’s Queen’s Speech.

“The move to more local decision-making and progress on an agenda which will see the UK reform its relationship with the EU before holding a referendum is also something to be welcomed.”

Mr Dugmore added: “Simplifying life for small or growing businesses should be an objective shared across the political spectrum.

“If properly targeted, the government’s efforts to cut red tape for business could make a real difference – saving time and money.

“However, as much of the most costly regulatory burdens are created by the EU, cutting red tape will be a challenge.”

He went on: “Firms will be concerned by the absence of any concrete measures to ensure young people are ready to make the transition from education to work and, crucially, measures to bring about a revolution in the UK’s export performance.”

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