Nick Smith MP Labour MP for Blaenau Gwent
Nick Smith MP has led a group of Welsh MPs urging the Welsh Government to support the Circuit of Wales as Ministers decide the future of the project.
In his first act since being returned as the MP for Blaenau Gwent, Mr Smith has written to the First Minister and the Cabinet in Cardiff to ask them to seriously consider the “gamechanging” Ebbw Vale development.
Co-signed by eight other MPs from across South Wales, Mr Smith argues that the Circuit would build on the strong public investment by the Welsh Government in local transport, would boost Wales’s cultural offer on the world stage and most importantly transform the surrounding economy for the better.
Mr Smith said with just a short time until the decision was made on the circuit, it was important to make the case one more time for a good deal for the region.
“It’s been a long journey just to get to this point, and the Welsh Government have helped when several pitfalls threatened to derail the whole thing,” he said.
“I don’t want a bad deal for Blaenau Gwent. I want the developers to deliver on their vision and promises, not take any old proposal.
“But if their business case holds water, I trust the Welsh Government will realise the impact this project could have and take it forward.”
Mr Smith has been supporting the Circuit of Wales development in his time as an MP, including calls for Government backing in Parliament.
He has also hosted the Welsh Minister at the proposed site, defended the project at a public inquiry and held a parliamentary reception to bring MPs and developers together.
The other MPs to co-sign the letter are Chris Bryant (Rhondda), Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley), Wayne David (Caerphilly), Chris Elmore (Ogmore), Carolyn Harris (Swansea East), Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney), Owen Smith (Pontypridd) and Nick Thomas-Symonds (Torfaen).