Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, is visiting this year’s Tec 66 event on 27th October to support the town’s emerging high-tech industries.
The MP was invited to the event by Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Sarah Owen, who’s been campaigning for high quality, high-tech jobs in Hastings & Rye to ensure people do not have to move away to progress their careers.
Hastings has one of the UK’s main clusters of ultra-high vacuum, photonics and optics companies.
The Tec 66 exhibition showcases the latest high-tech innovations with many local manufacturers involved. It’s held at Sussex Coast College, where a high vacuum technology course was recently set up.
Rachel and Sarah will meet exhibitors and local business developers to find out what extra support they need to help the industry expand.
Sarah said: “I’m really excited to be taking our Work & Pensions Shadow Minister to Tec 66. We desperately need to break the trap of this low wage economy in Hastings & Rye and start creating decent jobs for the future-the kind of jobs you’d be proud for your children or yourself to work in.
“These are the sorts of high tech, high quality jobs found in the industries involved with Tec 66 and I will continue to support them to have a future in our local economy.”