Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon said the Government cares more about ‘launching a new Royal Yacht’ than keeping hardworking families afloat
The Shadow Transport Secretary has warned Christmas will be ruined for Brits across the country if the Government fails to attract more workers to the transport industry.
Jim McMahon said working people will be paying the price for the Tories’ failure yet again over the next few months.
He claimed the Government cares more about “launching a new Royal Yacht” than keeping hardworking families afloat.
Speaking at Labour Party Conference in Brighton, Mr McMahon said: “We’ve warned them, if you don’t act now, shelves will continue to be bare, with medicines not delivered and Christmas ruined for the nation.
“And it will be the Conservatives alone who will be responsible.
“Yet another example of working people paying the price for their failure.”
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Earlier today Transport Secretary Grant Shapps admitted he had not wanted to open the door to foreign workers to tackle vacancies in the HGV sector.
Mr Shapps told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “It is unfortunate, and you’re right we didn’t want – we don’t want – to be relying on overseas labour in the longer run, which is why this is limited until Christmas, because we’ve got to sort out these longer-term problems with our HGV sector, which has been around for years, by the way.”
Blasting the Government’s failures on attracting more workers, Mr McMahon added: “Just 3% of the 320,000 drivers in the UK are women.
“The number of drivers completing their practical HGV test after their theory is dwindling.
“The Transport Secretary’s answer? Pile more pressure on already exhausted existing drivers and cut corners on test. It simply isn’t good enough.”
He said the next Labour Government will give working people “real choice, freeing up our crowded streets and offering neighbourhoods which are clean, green and decent places for all of us grow up in.”
News of escalating food prices, fuel and food shortages comes days ahead of the Tory planned Universal Credit cuts.
Analysis from Citizens Advice shows as many as 1.5 million working people could be forced into hardship this winter.
Financial fears include struggling to pay their bills, getting into debt or being forced to sell belongings to make up for the shortfall in their income.