New MP vows to stand up for working families and young people

PEOPLE in a North-East town are "scared for the future", a new MP warned in his maiden speech in the House of Commons.

Andy McDonald, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough, said more than ten people were chasing every job, as he attacked those who branded the jobless as "scroungers"

The MP - elected last month - argued it was "never acceptable for an individual to reject the genuine opportunity of work", but insisted that was not the reality for most.

He said: "It seems to be increasingly part of the accepted orthodoxy that those who suffer the indignity of unemployment, do so as a result of the life style choice that they make. That is a gross and offensive misrepresentation.

"In a town where currently more than ten people are chasing each and every job that comes along, it is a most cruel sleight and insult to say that somehow all such people are, by definition, scroungers."

Urging critics to "tread carefully", he vowed to stand up for "working families who are having their budgets squeezed and young people who are struggling to find their first job".

And he added: "In recent weeks, I've talked to thousands of people in Middlesbrough and people are anxious, scared for the future of their family.

"But to make matters worse, there is a sense that some politicians are determined in setting community against community and neighbour against neighbour."

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9:12am Thu 13 Dec 12

borocoffindodger says...

Labour have been in control of Middlesbrough for so many years and all they have done is look after themselves. All you need to do is to look at the Labour Councillors expenses. A married couple of Labour Councillors have never been so well off and are making sure that everyone knows about it. Where is Andy McDonald going to get these jobs from and how many is he going to employ or will it just be "friends and family? Many more will be unemployed thanks to his Council cutting back on essential services. STILL HIS MATE RAY MALLON SPENDS £1 MILLION POUNDS A YEAR OF OUR MONEY ON MIMA. NO CUTBACKS THERE THEN.
Labour have been in control of Middlesbrough for so many years and all they have done is look after themselves. All you need to do is to look at the Labour Councillors expenses. A married couple of Labour Councillors have never been so well off and are making sure that everyone knows about it. Where is Andy McDonald going to get these jobs from and how many is he going to employ or will it just be "friends and family? Many more will be unemployed thanks to his Council cutting back on essential services. STILL HIS MATE RAY MALLON SPENDS £1 MILLION POUNDS A YEAR OF OUR MONEY ON MIMA. NO CUTBACKS THERE THEN. borocoffindodger
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