LABOUR’S prospective parlimentary candidate, Polly Billington has slammed Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle Price over the rising tide of youth unemployment in Thurrock.
Figures today show the number of unemployed young people in Thurrock has doubled in less than a year.
Ms Billington said: “The local Tory MP has nothing to say about how to give young people in Thurrock a chance to work. Instead she supports the Government’s reckless economic policies that are hurting but not working.
“Every time Jackie Doyle Price votes for the government in Westminster she votes against the people of Thurrock and nowhere is that more true in her commitment to an economic plan that is costing us all dear.
“The truth is while young people are without work we all pay the price of lost talent and rising benefits bills.
“This government will end up borrowing more because more people are on the dole. That is an almighty hangover for Britain to deal with.
“The government is now set to borrow £158 billion more than planned – more than £6,500 for every household in Thurrock.
“This isn’t borrowing to support the economy through difficult times, but a huge new bill for failure.”
“If she really cared about the future of our economy and our young people she would back Labour’s five point plan for jobs which would create 4,000 jobs for young people in the East of England through a repeat of the bank bonus tax to create real jobs for young people and give 210, 000 small businesses a tax break to take on new employees.”
Jackie Doyle Price is unavailable for comment.
Channel 4 News looked at the figures supplied by Labour leader Ed Miliband
“Mr Miliband claimed that between July and September for every job being created in the private sector – 13 were lost in the public sector. And he’s right – 67,000 jobs were lost compared to 5,000 gained in the private sector – that’s a ratio of around 13 to one.
And the situation has deteriorated considerably in comparison to the previous quarter, where the ratio was about 2.5 to one. Some 111,000 jobs went in the public sector and around 41,000 were created in the private sector between April and June.
So we’re heading increasingly rapidly in the wrong direction, something even the Prime Minister eventually acknowledged, despite deploying his classic “move the start line” defence to make the situation sound a lot less bleak than it is.
Mr Cameron said: “Since the election, in the private sector, there have been 581,000 extra jobs. In the public sector, he’s right – we have lost 336,000 jobs.”
Regular readers will recognise this immediately as a well-worn ploy we’ve taken issue with before.
What Mr Cameron habitually does is pull the time-frame back to before the election to cover the changes that took place in the second quarter of last year – when there was a massive spike in private sector growth.
But as the election came in the middle of that quarter, we don’t know how many of those jobs were created before Mr Cameron can reasonably claim the credit.
If we look at the most recent year-on-year trend, we see that private sector jobs are up 262,000 compared with the third quarter of 2010, and public sector employment has decreased by 276,000. So that’s a net loss of 14,000 jobs over the last 12-month period for which we have figures.