Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable, along with the leader of Sutton Council Ruth Dombey, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake and lead Councillor on Economy and Business, Jayne McCoy visited Sutton’s world-class Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) on Thursday.
They were briefed about the exciting plans for the Institute of Cancer Research and one of the UK’s most significant regeneration projects, the London Cancer Hub.
This is set to create 13,000 additional jobs and bring £1.2 billion of investment every year into the UK economy. It is also predicted to deliver at least two extra cancer drugs every five years. The plans outlined the positives for the local community, with a real commitment from the ICR for local people to be involved.
The London Cancer Hub will establish strong links with the Harris Academy, a non-selective school, which will specialise in sciences, catering for 1,275 pupils, opening in September 2018, before being completed by September 2019.
Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable MP said:
"This is a really exciting world-class centre of research. I am very proud of Ruth and the Lib Dem Council’s work in helping make this happen.
The hub's future is guaranteed but at the same time, it could be even better if the NHS was better funded and able to absorb the scientific ideas that we've got here"
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Lib Dem Leader of Sutton Council, said:
"It's excellent that the London Cancer Hub is being established here in our borough. The Liberal Democrats are really proud to be part of making it happen, working closely with our colleagues in the ICR and Royal Marsden."
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"We visited the Institute for Cancer Research to see their exciting plans to create the innovative London Cancer Hub. It will bring 13,000 jobs and millions of pounds of investment to our borough, including £5 million a year in business rates alone, not to mention a brand-new secondary school which will maintain Sutton’s excellent reputation for education. This is really good news for Sutton."