MP in attack on Tories over jobs

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden
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A BLACKPOOL MP has launched a scathing attack on the Government for failing to promote jobs and growth in the town.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden rounded on Conservative MPs in a Jobs and Growth Parliamentary debate at Westminster

He said: “The Government have done little to promote jobs and growth for towns such as Blackpool.

“They scrapped the Regional Development Agency, which helped us to renew our tramway and key visitor attractions.

“They also scrapped the area-based grants that targeted our pockets of severe deprivation.

“The Government seem incapable of understanding the challenges faced by Blackpool and other second-tier towns, particularly in seaside and coastal areas.”

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And the MP said one of the most damaging actions of the coalition Government was to scrap the Educational Maintenance Allowance.

He added: “Just what are the Government delivering on the ground for young people? I have seen first hand the positive impact the education maintenance allowance had in encouraging young people in Blackpool to go to colleges.

“Given our pockets of extreme deprivation, that assistance was vital, but it is gone, along with opportunities for thousands of young people, jeopardised at one stroke of a pen in the Department for Education.”

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