Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (11th November 2015) branded the latest unemployment figures for his constituency area as “appalling” as they showed an inexorable rise. Tom said: “The sad fact is that in the two boroughs that I cover in parliament, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland, there are now 6887 adults jobless and, shockingly, 1610 young people signing on.
“I need to stress that these are figures that lag a month from when they are compiled, so they don’t yet show those thousands of people affected by the SSI collapse and the job losses there and at local contracting firms. When these come on to the register imminently, the figures will be horrendous. “The fact that we have just under 8,500 people officially registered as unemployed shows the sheer degree of human waste and squandering of talent that this government are presiding over. These are people who, if they were in productive work, could be helping to build a better future and a better economy for Teesside. This is a waste of talent and a waste of human potential. The Government should be ashamed of itself. The powerhouse is becoming the poorhouse.”