Bradford – The recovery has not reached Bradford West.
“Recovery, what recovery?” that was the reaction of Bradford West MP George Galloway when the February unemployment figures were published today.
He continued: “The unemployment rate is a staggering 8%, almost double the national average, the sixth highest in the United Kingdom and last month it even went up. Thirty-four people have now left the register since then, but that doesn’t mean they are in jobs, because we know that hundreds of thousands are being removed from benefits under this ConDem government. And still the panjandrums in City Hall keep their silence about the desperate state of affairs and keep the vaults closed on the tens of millions they hold in reserves.”
He added: “We keep hearing that the economic recovery is better in Britain than in any other European economy. Well it may be in London and the Home Counties but it certainly isn’t here. So in terms of recovery we’re closer to Paris and Rome than our own capital.”
Galloway also pointed out that if the Conservatives win the election their plans will take public spending back to 1930s levels. “We’re already seeing food banks proliferating, can you imagine what the country will be like by 2020 if these barbarians are returned? We need investment in jobs and infrastructure. One Westfield is by no means enough. But it won’t come under the Tories or this miserable local Labour administration.”