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Chancellor's message on town's employment during Lowestoft visit

PUBLISHED: 16:34 30 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:34 30 April 2015

Chancellor George Osborne getting a tour of the Harrod UK factory in Lowestoft.
Seeing how sports nets are made.

Picture: James Bass

Chancellor George Osborne getting a tour of the Harrod UK factory in Lowestoft. Seeing how sports nets are made. Picture: James Bass

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Employment in Lowestoft is much improved despite the impending closure of historic engineering firm AKD, chancellor George Osborne said on a visit to the town.

Touring sports ground equipment manufacturer Harrod yesterday (Thursday, April 30), Mr Osborne said: “Unemployment in this town has come down by 50 per cent.

“And across this part of England 80 per cent of the jobs have been full-time and only two per cent are on these zero hours contracts - so many, many people who were unemployed under Labour are now getting work, getting jobs, providing for their family with all the security that brings and we’ve got a really clear plan to go on creating jobs here.”

During his tour, the Chancellor met staff at the factory, based in Pinbush Road on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate.

For more, see tomorrow’s Lowestoft Journal

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