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CABINET minister Ed Davey sparked fury yesterday by describing record unemployment levels as “good news”.
The Energy Secretary admitted slow economic growth was worrying but said jobless figures could have been much higher.
He said: “What has been good news is how the labour market has reacted, how unemployment has reacted.
“We have not seen the big increase in unemployment that many people predicted.”
Mr Davey made the remarks on a visit to the North East, where unemployment stands at 11.5%.
Across the country there are more than 2.6 million people out of work, 8% of the population.
Figures released this week also showed there were just under a million youngsters not in work, education or training.
Economists fear more job cuts could be around the corner after the economy sank back into recession again.
He blamed slow growth on “global forces like oil prices and the situation the eurozone”.
A spokeswoman for Mr Davey said yesterday his comments had been taken out of context.
She added: “He simply wanted to draw attention to the fact that his department’s policies have helped attract investment and create jobs.”
But Labour’s Shadow Employment Minister Stephen Timms said the remarks were “staggering”.
He said: “This government is so out of touch they describe the highest level of unemployment in a generation as good news. What planet are they on?”
Ross Smith, of the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “The fact that our member businesses have been creating jobs is clearly good news.
“However, this is nowhere near enough to balance out cuts being made across the public sector.”
Northern TUC boss Kevin Rowan added: “Mr Davey must be aware the North East has the highest unemployment in the UK with nine jobseekers per vacancy.
“Only last week we heard an additional 6,000 people in our region are now out of work compared to last month.
“I find it incredible a Cabinet minister could describe this social and economic catastrophe as good news.”
25 UK Independence Party members were handing out fliers when some apparently went crazy after being asked to leave a quiet boozer
A bunch of arrogant right-wing political activists were kicked out of a string of pubs in a night of shame.
The 25 UK Independence Party members were handing out fliers when some apparently went crazy after being asked to leave a quiet boozer.
They allegedly began threatening bar staff and police had to be called.
The cocky group – bedecked in Ukip badges – included disgraced former Tory MP Neil Hamilton.
Appalled drinker Clive Hales, 57, said: “I’ve never seen a bunch of ruder or brasher people.
“They were a bunch of Hooray Henrys and had clearly been drinking beforehand.
“They were asked to stop handing out their leaflets as it is not a political pub. That’s when the trouble started.”
Mr Hales claimed: “They said they’d get the place shut down. They were lairy and one (not Mr Hamilton) told a member of staff he was a barrister who’d ensure that he never worked again – all for asking him to be quiet.”
He said Mr Hamilton – who lost his Conservative seat in the cash for questions saga and was elected to Ukip’s national executive committee last year – had not been behaving badly but he added: “He did nothing to calm the situation.
“It’s ironic that they pride themselves on being the party of traditional British values and then go and behave like this.”
Trouble flared at the Red Lion as the activists tried to hand out Save the Pub fliers in Skegness, Lincs.
Among other stops was the Stumble Inn. A barman said: “They’d already been asked to leave other pubs. They were told they couldn’t put leaflets here and were asked to go.”
Ukip press officer Gawain Towler, who attended the night out, said they had already paid for food and drink when told to go.
He said: “One of our younger members did shout something but he was immediately taken outside by one member and given a good talking to.