Unemployment in the UK

Part of Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 9:50 pm on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Rob Flello Rob Flello PPS (Rt Hon Hazel Blears, Secretary of State), Department for Communities and Local Government 9:50 pm, 7th October 2008

What would my hon. Friend say to the former miner whom I met only last Thursday? That former miner may have seen this debate in a crystal ball. He was put out of work in the '80s when the north Staffordshire coal mines were not only completely closed, but filled in with concrete day after day. What would my hon. Friend say to him? He is still embittered about it now.

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