I was invited by aerospace and defence company Thales UK to visit their Plymouth centre on Friday, alongside Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Luke Pollard.

When I worked in the tech sector a few years back, I gained national experience working with firms like Thales on how we create more high value high skill jobs for the future. That’s exactly what I want to do for Plymouth, and it was brilliant to talk with the company on how we can achieve exactly that in practice.

Plymouth has a fantastic marine and naval heritage, and I’m pleased to be campaigning to make Plymouth a National Centre of Excellence for Marine Autonomy. Marine Autonomy is an exciting area where Plymouth is in a unique position to be at the forefront. I’ll continue to work with industry and the higher education sector to create the conditions where Plymouth is leading in innovation to help counter emerging sea-based threats and ensure we remain one of the world’s leading places for defence technologies.