Gordon has slammed the Tory Government over the latest unemployment figures for Blackpool South, which continue to rise under Boris Johnson’s watch. Unemployment in the constituency is now more twice the national average.

He said: “Month by month this Tory Government continue to fail Blackpool’s young people. The number of 18 to 24 year-olds out of work is now 165 higher and the overall unemployment rate is a thousand more than this time last year in Blackpool South. This is more than twice the national average. It makes a complete mockery of the Prime Minister’s “Left Behind Towns” rhetoric. We need action, not simply words to tackle the savage Tory cuts Blackpool has endured – over £750 million we have been robbed of since 2010 by successive Conservative Prime Ministers.

“In Parliament yesterday I pressed the Government over their failure on the Apprenticeship Levy. They are making a complete hash of it. They still haven’t appointed a dedicated Skills Minister. The levy is running out of money so the training providers who provide the majority of apprenticeships cannot meet demand for small businesses and other organisations. Only a few weeks ago I met a couple of Blackpool-based providers, who said to me they were not getting the money they needed from the Government.

“The only way forward is to invest in our young people. Labour’s National Education Service will offer people of all ages the skills, training and the decent job prospects they need. We need a strategy that empowers young people and the opportunities for them to grow as individuals. That means having proper statutory youth services, access to quality careers advice and creating the skilled jobs – not just in areas like manufacturing, but also the service sector – which will be crucial to Blackpool’s economy in the years ahead.”

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