Gordon has hit out at the Government’s plans to privatise the HM Land Registry – warning it could increase the risk of closure to their Fylde Coast offices and potentially result in hundreds of local job losses.
Labour’s Shadow Business Minister made his comments after meeting with Land Registry employees at a meeting in Parliament organised by their union PCS to highlight the situation after the Government announced a consultation on the privatisation proposal.
Gordon said: “With 240 people employed at the Fylde site, quite a number of whom will live in Blackpool South, of course I am concerned that many of these permanent skilled jobs will be put at risk if the Government sells the Land Registry off to the private sector.
“Land Registry staff will be rightly suspicious the government has a closed ideological view on this issue – they sneaked out the announcement on the last day of Parliament before Easter and the consultation is only for six weeks. We know the last time they attempted to push the privatisation button in 2014, only five per cent of respondents to consultation favoured it.”
He added: “The Tory Government are putting hundreds of skilled jobs in Blackpool and the Fylde at risk for the sake of wanting to make a quick buck to prop up George Osborne’s failing targets for his Government’s debts. The loss of so many jobs would be very harmful to what is already our fragile local economy being hammered by Government budget cuts.
“In 2012/13 the Land Registry made a surplus of £100 million for taxpayers – yet Osborne wants to sell it off on the cheap. This is just like the shotgun privatisation of Royal Mail, ideological decisions which will lose all of us millions of pounds from the public purse.
“It’s important that not just Land Registry employees locally but also their families, friends and all of us who stand to lose by this ill-thought out and unevidenced proposal, tell the Business Secretary Sajid Javid and the Chancellor just what a bad idea this is. I hope to talk further with constituents affected by the move and hope that the campaign for the Government to reconsider gathers momentum.”