David Mowat, MP for Warrington South has hit out at Labour MPs in the North West for failing to help new business growth in the region, by voting to send more money to businesses in London and the South East.
Last week, the House of Commons debated the National Insurance Contributions Bill, which includes a scheme to help new businesses in the North West. Each new business would not be required to pay Employer's National Insurance Contributions for the first ten people they employee within two years of starting. Labour MPs attempted to wreck the programme by tabling an amendment which would have forced money for the scheme to be spent in London, the South East and East Anglia instead. The amendment was ultimately defeated.
Mr Mowat said:
"I'm frankly astonished that Labour MPs don't seem interested in standing up for businesses in the North West. Not only was their last act in Government to make it more expensive to employ people, but now they are trying to wreck a scheme designed specifically to target growth in the North of England by voting send yet more money to London and the South East instead.
"I spent twenty five years in business trying to fight against a mentality that if something is important it has to be done in London. Output in the North West is only half that in London and that is completely unsustainable. The Coalition is determined to help stimulate jobs in the North West, but unfortunately it looks as though we can't expect any help from Labour."