MPs “aren’t psychic” and bosses have to find time to communicate their discontent if they want Government to act, the first Sheffield City Region business conference heard.
Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, said they could only tackle problems if someone took the time to raise them, either with their MP or any of the Parliamentary select committees which cover business.
Mr Bercow was the keynote speaker at the groundbreaking event at Barnsley Metrodome attended by five Labour MPs, representatives of five Chambers of Commerce, Master Cutler Pam Liversidge and more than 200 business people.
Mr Bercow also said he knew MPs generally were sometimes held in low esteem but those from South Yorkshire were “extremely active” in the House.
“What ever your national preconceptions, locally it’s not so.
“Your MPs listen and speak on your behalf. And Parliament is interested in what you have to say.
“I hope I have reassured you the huge gulf thought to exist between Parliament and the people no longer exists.”
Private companies had “rallied to the cause” of backing the Local Enterprise Partnership and establishing Sheffield City Region as a brand, the conference heard.
But it still had to fight against political agendas, civil servants in Whitehall and red tape, said LEP chairman, James Newman.
“There are a lot of announcements and initiatives by Government and it is hugely difficult to keep up with them all. Money is controlled by the centre and not locally as we would like.
“It’s crucial that it is, then we can deliver,” said Mr Newman
Meg Munn MP, for Sheffield Heeley, said: “MPs feel they always have got to be seen to be doing something, chasing headlines, announcing initiatives. Let’s stop doing that, lets be blunt Yorkshire people and get on and do it.”