This government is completely out of touch with this region and their no-show today demonstrates their lack of commitment to the North East

House of Commons chamberResponding to the failure of the government to send a government minister to reply to today’s parliamentary debate on unemployment in the North East, Iain Wright, Labour MP for Hartlepool said:

"On a day when figures showed that 8,000 more people are out of work it is a damming indictment of this government that they wouldn't send a Minister to debate the growing jobs crisis in the North East.

“Instead we were treated to the rather sad sight of North East Lib Dem MPs defending the indefensible. This government is completely out of touch with this region and their no-show today demonstrates their lack of commitment to the North East. We urgently need a plan for jobs and growth and instead we have a government who prefer to run away and hide rather than justify their reckless economic policies."

ENDS

Notes:

-Today’s debate in Westminster Hall on unemployment in the North East of England was secured by Iain Wright MP.
-The government was represented in the debate by a Assistant Whip, Steve Crabb MP, Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire in Wales.
-A government minister was sent to the following 30 min debate in Westminster Hall.