In a meeting late yesterday (Monday 9 January) evening, Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP, met with Plymouth MP, Johnny Mercer, regarding the forthcoming Mayflower 400 celebration which will be centring on Plymouth.
The Plymouth MP took the key asks from organisers of the Mayflower 400 event to try and secure further backing from central government for this crucial project. This follows an additional award of £500,000 to the Mayflower 400 celebrations in the 2015 Autumn Statement.
Following on from tone set by the previous incumbent, the Chancellor agreed to write to the Prime Minister encouraging her to assign the Mayflower 400 celebrations to a specific ministerial portfolio so that this key event receives the proper amount of individual attention it deserves.
Speaking after the meeting, Johnny Mercer MP, said:
“This government are clearly set on making the Mayflower 400 celebrations a success and I welcome this latest effort by the Chancellor to attach this project to a Minister’s portfolio so that myself, colleagues, Plymouth City Council and other involved organisations, have the singular point of contact with central government.
“2020 is going to be a big year for Plymouth with a lot of organisations and companies building up to the celebrations to make Mayflower 400 a huge success. All this work is integrated alongside some key development and renovation happening within the city to ensure that Plymouth makes a great impression.”