Yorkshire and the Humber’s Lib Dem MEPs, Edward McMillan-Scott and Rebecca Taylor have welcomed the Liberal Democrat Million Jobs Campaign, which was launched by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Since coming to power more than one million private sector jobs have been created. Liberal Democrats now want to create a million more.
The Liberal Democrats made increasing the number of people in work a priority for the coalition government. The Lib Dem Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has overseen a record rise in apprenticeships, including thousands in the Yorkshire and Humber region. There is also an effort to prioritise key areas for investment, with £5.5bn extra having been invested into science, high-tech manufacturing and renewable energy to support jobs in manufacturing. Also Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has introduced £2,000 cash back on National Insurance contributions for employers who take on more staff.
The Liberal Democrats are keen to create more jobs outside of London and have invested £2.6 billion in a Regional growth fund that is already benefitting northern England.
Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Edward McMillan-Scott said:
“The driving purpose of the Liberal Democrats in government is to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.
“That’s why the Liberal Democrats record in helping businesses create more than one million private sector jobs is to be welcomed. It is right that now we’re working to help businesses create a million more. Working with my colleagues, such as Rebecca Taylor, I am also fighting to bring more European investment to the area.
Rebecca Taylor added,
“This is an important campaign for the Liberal Democrats, and underlines our commitment to turning around the economy in a way that benefits everyone, not just the richest in society. I look forward to joining my fellow Liberal Democrats in working with local businesses, community groups and schools and colleges to turn this ambition into reality here in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.”