David Cameron claims the North East economy is growing – even as unemployment rises.
The Prime Minister used a visit to the Port of Tyne to champion the region after unemployment figures showed it was the only region to see joblessness increase in the last month.
He said: “The interesting thing is, I know that the unemployment figures for the last month in the North East were disappointing, but if you take the last quarter or the last year the increase in the employment rate of the North East was the fastest anywhere, not just in this country but the United Kingdom.
> The interesting thing is, Dave, that unemployment continues to rise in the North East, whatever crap you spout.
“There were 43,000 jobs created in the last month. We need that to go even faster to decrease unemployment as well.”
> Really ? 43,000 jobs created in the last month ? Where are they, Dave ? I don’t see them when I do my jobsearch. The rise in unemployment suggest no-one else does either.
The unemployment figures out this week, in which the North East was the only area to see an increase, came after the Guardian newspaper caused outrage by comparing the region to Detroit.
“To say that is just to put the North East down,” Mr Cameron said of the controversial article. “You know, Nissan is producing more cars than the whole of Italy,”
> We also know that Nissan has just laid off 350+ workers…
“we have the Hitachi train factory coming that will mean massive investment for the North East, we have oil rigs being fabricated on the Tyne now, something that has not happened here for some years.
“The Chancellor and I have been very clear: we need an economy where we invest more, where we make more, design more things, export more things, and the North East is a very positive part of that.
“We need everyone involved in politics and business in the North East to speak up for it, and I’m glad to play my part.”
He added: “I think we are putting our money where our mouth is here. We have put a third of a billion into the North East through the regional growth fund, with the city deals, we have unprecedented devolution to Sunderland, Newcastle, there are major infrastructure projects going ahead with the Metro and the Tyne crossing.”
The Prime Minister’s brief visit to the Port of Tyne in South Tyneside did not include any discussions with regional leaders, however.
South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm said he thought the PM was “frit” – meaning “frightened”.
“I have to say we are quite disappointed with this,” Mr Malcolm said. “What we wanted was for the PM to have the courage to come and see the regional leaders and set out what can be done to tackle the issues facing the North East.
“Instead of engaging with any of us he just flew in and flew out as quickly as he could.”
> And nobody knew he was coming… therefore there was no chance of embarrassing demonstrations.
Source – Newcastle Journal, 17 May 2014