MPs under fire over job losses

Politicians have come under fire from a union leader for not doing enough to stem the loss of thousands of jobs in manufacturing.

An analysis by the Transport and General Workers Union of questions asked in Parliament by MPs showed that manufacturing was "way down" the agenda despite huge job cuts in the sector over the past few years.

Not one MP raised manufacturing through an early day motion in the current parliamentary session, the research found.

TGWU general secretary Sir Bill Morris said that 273,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in the two years to March.

"Every sector is affected, from textiles to tin plate and engineering to electronics, yet our politicians say 'crisis in manufacturing. what crisis?'

"MPs should be pressing the Department of Trade and Industry to take the state of our manufacturing industry seriously, not stand helplessly by."

There were 187 written questions in the Commons on manufacturing between last November and the end of June, compared with almost 6,000 on health issues, 2,600 on education, 4,300 on foreign policy and 2,600 on transport, according to the research.

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