Prime Minister endorses Birtwistle’s efforts in Burnley

Yesterday at Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons, David Cameron praised Burnley MP, Gordon Birtwistle, for his commitment to increasing apprenticeships, training and skills in the town. 


The Prime Minister noted the success of the economic plan in Burnley as Gordon welcomed the latest unemployment figures which are down to 3.5%.

“In 2009, Burnley was classed as an unemployment blackspot," Gordon said in the House of Commons. "In 2014, unemployment has fallen to 3.5% and we are no longer a blackspot. May I advise my right hon. Friend that the economic plan of the coalition Government of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is working in Burnley?”

The Prime Minister responded commenting on the success of the economic plan in Burnley and made reference to the hard work Gordon has been doing on apprenticeships. Gordon is the Government Apprenticeship Ambassador and chair of the Liberal Democrat committee on Business, Innovation and Skills, and has been working hard to increase awareness and promote the value of apprenticeships across the country.

Gordon said, “It is fantastic to see unemployment figures have fallen dramatically in Burnley. The town is booming thanks to everyone in the manufacturing industry and local businesses working hard. 

“It is to the town’s credit that the Prime Minister recognises it as no longer an economic blackspot and it its thanks to the Coalition Government’s economic plan that this is no longer the case.”

You can watch the full Prime Minister's Questions below. Gordon appears at 31.30 - the final question of the day.

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