Conor McGinn MP has criticised Business Minister, Anna Soubry, for her comments on public service and jobs in the North of England.
Speaking in Parliament after Labour MPs demanded Tory Ministers came to the House of Commons to answer questions about the closure of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse office in Sheffield, McGinn criticised the Minister for showing little sympathy for the workers losing their jobs and praised the hard work done by local councils in the North.
He also spoke of the negative impact of the public sector cuts implemented by Government.
Commenting McGinn said:
“People are losing jobs and the Minister hasn’t shown a shred of sympathy or regret.
“It’s incredible that the Government is closing its main office in the North of England where civil servants working on the Northern Powerhouse are based.
“Local councils like my own in St Helens are working hard to promote investment and develop the private sector in our areas. But this Government’s public sector cuts mean that jobs are being lost now across the North and critical and public services are being put at risk.
“How can the Tories claim to be building a Northern Powerhouse when they’ve abandoned British steel, have reneged on their promise to invest in the North and now are even sacking their own Northern Powerhouse workforce?”