MP slams Govt fail on employment

Louise Burfitt-Dons, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Nottingham North.
Louise Burfitt-Dons, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Nottingham North.

MP Graham Allen has blasted the Government for overlooking Bulwell as it struggles with high unemployment and falling wages.

The latest unemployment figures show Nottingham North has the 14th highest unemployment level out of 650 constituencies across the country.

Graham Allen MP

Graham Allen MP

There are 3,366 claimants in Nottingham North: 7.7 per cent of the population, while the national figure is 6 per cent and the city of Nottingham’s is 4.3 per cent.

Mr Allen said today: “The North of our city is still hard hit by unemployment and it often seems forgotten by the rest of the city. On a city wide level, Aspley, Bulwell and Bestwood are in the top five city wards with the highest unemployment, would we tolerate such figures in Wollaton, Sherwood and Mapperley?”

It is estimated that by next year people will have seen the largest drop in wages of any Parliament since 1874.

Louise Burfitt-Dons, prospective Conservative MP for Nottingham North, said: “As a longstanding Labour MP for the area working with a Labour dominated city council Graham Allen should take some responsibility for this, rather than blaming it on central Government. In August 2014 the claimant count rate in Nottingham North was down by 26.9 per cent (7.2 per cent) compared to April 2010 when the rate was 8.4 per cent. There are 117,000 more people in work in the East Midlands. Fewer claims mean more people working. We are backing business and there are 8,605 more businesses in the East Midlands than there were in 2010, with 17,000 more people in work. This should help the situation.”