This morning I was talking to Ray Clark on BBC Essex Radio about the Health Protection Agency (HPA) moving to Harlow.

The Board of the HPA have recommended the move to the Secretary of State for Health as the best thing for the HPA’s future and I totally support them. Bringing a major government agency with 600 to 700 to the town would have a huge economic impact.

The Unite Union, who represent the current workers at the Porton Down site are obviously trying to protect the jobs of their workers, but their latest idea to spread rumours and scare stories of viruses being unleashed on the population of Harlow is a rather nasty tactic.

Harlow is already a Bio-tech Research Centre and if the HPA think they can adequately secure the GSK site, then I will leave that to them as the experts. But I wont be put off fighting for the jobs that the Harlow Economy needs.

I enjoyed talking with Ray and having the chance to talk about the economic benefits of Harlow. You can listen to what I said by pressing play below.

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