SDLP bring fight to save local jobs to Downing Street

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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SDLP MPs Mark Durkan and Margaret Ritchie were joined by Mayor of Limavady Gerry Mullan as they brought the campaign to save more than 300 DVA jobs to Downing Street today.

Mark Durkan MP, Mayor of Limavady Gerry Mullan and Margaret Ritchie MP delivering the petition to Downing Street today

Durkan questioned the Prime Minister earlier in the House of Commons about his commitment to the Northern Ireland Economy while the Government plans to cut HMRC and DVA jobs across the region.

Durkan asked, “The Prime Minister says that the G8 and his attendance at the investment conference advertise his commitment to Northern Ireland and our economy but his Whitehall is busy removing jobs from NI both in the DVA and HMRC with proposals to close offices in Newry, Enniskillen and half operations in my constituency of Foyle.

“How does removing jobs at Whitehall’s hands contribute to balancing the economy in Northern Ireland?”

Cameron responded by confirming that the Exchequer Secretary has agreed to meet with Durkan to discuss the proposals that would see jobs slashed across the region.

Ritchie, Durkan and Mullan also presented a petition signed by over 40,000 people opposed to the Government plans.


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