Liberal Democrats in government have been working hard to create more jobs and Portsmouth has enjoyed one of the biggest job increases in the country, according to a new report.
The Cities Outlook 2015 report, from the Centre for Cities think tank, says jobs in the Portsmouth area increased by 18,800 (or 9.2%) between 2004 and 2013 - the entire time Liberal Democrats ran Portsmouth City Council. This was the sixth highest increase in the country.
It also says real wages increased by 4.4% between 2013 and 2014, putting Portsmouth in sixth place.
Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth South Gerald Vernon-Jackson said,
“I’m really pleased that the efforts of Lib Dems in government and on the City Council to create jobs are showing results right here in Portsmouth.
“But, much more needs to be done to create and protect jobs in our city. That’s why as leader of the Council I fought to keep the Royal Navy here when the previous government threatened to close the base in Portsmouth and why I’m continuing to campaign to bring new jobs to the City.”
The Liberal Democrats in Government have helped create over 1 million new jobs and 2 million apprenticeships since 2010.
We've done this by:
- Putting £5.5 billion extra into hi-tech manufacturing, science and renewable energy
- Creating a £3.2 billion Regional Growth Fund to help fund growing businesses
- Using £15.3 billion to improve Britain’s roads, railways and housing