Mary questioning PM on job losses at P&O and the DWP
Mary questioning PM on job losses at P&O and the DWP

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mary asked Boris Johnson to do more for working people being “hammered” by the Government in the middle of a cost of living crisis.  

This comes after the widely condemned sacking of 800 P&O seafarers, the same day that Department for Work and Pensions Junior Minister, David Rutley, announced in the Commons that the DWP would be cutting 1100 jobs with 42 centre closures, putting thousands more jobs at risk. DWP centres in Bishop Auckland and Washington will be impacted by the announcement. 

Mary asked the Prime Minister what he was doing to protect local communities from losing high-quality jobs. In response, the Prime Minister said the Government were helping the workforce up and down the country to get the coaching they need” pointing out that they had doubled the number of work coaches. 

The job losses come at a time when recent analysis by Survation for 38 degrees has found that 84% of people in the City of Durham are experiencing more expensive energy bills and 61% are paying more for transport.

Labour called on the Government to ban fire and rehire practices on Monday, but the Government whipped their MPs to abstain. 

Mary asked the Prime Minister 

“Working people are once again being hammered by this Government in the middle of a cost of living crisis, causing them genuine suffering. Why won’t the Prime Minister act to protect local communities from losing hundreds of quality jobs?” 

After the question, Mary reacted saying 

“This Conservative Government have presided over a cost of living crisis so critical that even Martin Lewis is saying that he can no longer offer advice on helping with budgeting. The Prime Minister can’t protect workers, he can only offer them coaches to retrain them once they’ve been exploited and spat out by their unscrupulous bosses.  

The Prime Minister is clearly not serious about helping working people, from P&O to the DWP the Conservatives continue to sell the dream of levelling up but repeatedly let people down.”

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