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Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:47 pm on 23rd March 2011.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence) 5:47 pm, 23rd March 2011

Yes. That is the entire flaw in the Government’s policy: the idea that they can cut public expenditure as deeply and savagely as they are going to, and that somehow jobs will be created in the private sector—something that will just not happen. It might happen in parts of the economy, but there is certainly no indication that it will happen in my region. In fact, the situation is even worse, because Durham university’s model shows that taking out 20% of the public services will lead to 50,000 jobs going in the north-east, with 20,000 of them actually in the private sector. Replacing those jobs, in addition to the 30,000 in the public sector, is going to be very difficult.