MP delighted by wage rise vow

MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.

MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.

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Labour’s vow to raise the National minimum wage to £8 an hour by 2020 and ban zero hour contracts is a welcome boost, Blackpool MP Gordon Marsden MP has said.

Labour’s announcement of its planned increase would see some of Blackpool’s lowest paid workers given an increase of £3,000 per a year.

Mr Marsden also said more needs to be done in tackling zero hour contracts and focus on the need to increase quality employment.

Speaking after the announcement at the Labour Party conference, he said: “These are commitments which will really benefit people in Blackpool.

“Across the town, people I meet, whether on the doorstep, in meetings or out and about, tell me they are not feeling the benefits of the Government’s so-called ‘economic recovery’.

“This Tory-led Government has failed to take action or even acknowledge the problems around low n pay, low hour contracts and the lack of quality skilled job opportunities.

“As a Party we are now committed to increasing the minimum wage to £8 an hour by 2020.

“This will be a welcome boost that so many people in Blackpool so badly need.”