Tory minister Nadine Dorries has been comprehensively roasted after she made a claim that made little to no sense.
Sound fine? Well the problem is, Hartlepool has a population just shy of 94,000, so the Tories creating two jobs for everyone seems a bit suss – even in an era of zero-hour contracts.
People relished in pointing that out:
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Meanwhile, another pointed out that she hadn’t even spelled Hartlepool right:
Ironically, Hartlepool has one of the highest levels of unemployment in the country at around 8.1% and around one in 11 people in the region are currently claiming benefits.
Meanwhile, ministers recently rejected a request for a £170m bailout to pay operating expenses and deal with recent losses at Liberty Steel. The company employs 5,000 workers at sites around the UK and 250 of those are based in, where? You guessed it, Hartlepool.
Angela Rayner, deputy Labour leader, recently criticised the Conservatives after data from the House of Commons Library showed that 3,500 manufacturing jobs have been lost in area in the last decade, with skilled jobs falling by nearly a third and the number of apprenticeship placements dropping by 13 per cent.
All this is to say - Dorries’ claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny regardless of her doubling #Harlepool’s population.
And people were not thrilled with her:
The by-election takes place on 6 May. By Dorries’ logic perhaps the constituents will be able to elect two MPs.