Unemployment in the UK

Part of Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 8:53 pm on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Jim Devine Jim Devine Labour, Livingston 8:53 pm, 7th October 2008

I will deal with the current unemployment levels in my constituency at the end of my contribution.

Working as part of the primary care psychiatric team, I used to make appointments at 9 o'clock in the morning for such individuals. The reason was that the appointment was the only thing that they had to get up for—the only thing to get dressed and washed for, and to get out of their beds for. There was an appalling impact on the community in which I was born and brought up. We saw the destruction of individuals and their families and the break-up of marriages. That was the reality in such communities, and in the community that I represent.

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