An MP has called for the Government to do more to support Leicestershire manufacturing firms. Jon Ashworth, Labour member for Leicester South, claimed the region has not received its fair share of a multi-billion pound scheme aimed at fuelling businesses growth. He was speaking yesterday (TUES) in a Parliamentary debate about the state of manufacturing in the East Midlands. Mr Ashworth said East Midlands companies had been given a disproportionately low figure from the Government's Regional Growth Fund in the past two years. "I agree that trade and increasing exports are an important part of the re-balancing of the economy that we want to see, and supporting our manufacturing base is vital to our exports," said Mr Ashworth. "The Regional Growth Fund is supposed to be part of driving that re-balancing. Yet, consistently and sadly, the East Midlands has lost out." Speaking in the same debate, Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, said a number of manufacturers in his constituency were thriving thanks to Government assistance. He singled out Castle Donington-based Norton Motorcycles and Zeeko, of Coalville, whose hi-tech products have assisted Nasa space missions.