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Hammond's gaffe insults struggling families


Published Nov 19, 2017

Philip Hammond should "try telling young people and the unemployed in my constituency that there are no unemployed people", UKIP's Treasury Spokesman has suggested.

Jonathan Arnott MEP, who represents the North East of England, where unemployment is the joint highest in the country, said:

"The Chancellor isn't exactly a newcomer to politics - he must have known the significance of his words, but didn't immediately correct them in any way. It's typical of the arrogance of a Conservative Party which claims credit for job creation following the EU referendum - when in fact, a more competitive pound is a bigger reason for the recent fall in unemployment.

"I meet people all the time who genuinely struggle to find employment; it's Philip Hammond's job to help them not insult them. If he can't understand the huge difficulties that persist for people in coastal communities, for young people struggling to get on the career ladder, or for people across huge swathes of the North and Midlands ravaged by the decades-long decline in our manufacturing, then quite frankly he's in the wrong job. After a gaffe like that, no matter what he says in the Autumn Budget on Wednesday, he won't be trusted."

"We desperately need a Budget that will support small business growth, and a Brexit that will allow us to regain control over our borders and our fisheries. If we want to be a global leader post-Brexit, we need to roll up our national sleeves and make our nation truly competitive in the long run."

 

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