UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Rising unemployment shows Labour has let down Scotland says Carmichael

Press Release   •   Feb 18, 2010 08:24 GMT

“This is yet more evidence that Gordon Brown takes Scotland for granted," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Scotland Secretary.

Today’s ONS figures show that:

  • Unemployment in Scotland has risen by 10,000, while falling across the UK as a whole

  • Scotland’s unemployment rate, which one year ago was significantly lower than that of the UK, is now almost level with the UK figure

Labour Employment Minister Jim Knight has described today’s figures as ‘good news’.

Commenting, Alistair Carmichael said:

“Once again Labour ministers have welcomed unemployment figures which show that Scotland’s position is getting worse, not better.

“This is yet more evidence that Gordon Brown takes Scotland for granted. Labour has let down those who have been most loyal in their support.

“We need to see real investment in Scottish manufacturing to get people back into work and the economy moving again. The Liberal Democrats would get Scotland’s ports and shipyards working again by putting them at the forefront of the renewable energy industry.”