South Yorkshire jobs challenge to Chancellor

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP John Healey has criticised Chancellor George Osborne for saying the Government’s record on jobs should be ‘celebrated’.

Mr Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said: “If everything is going so well in the jobs market, why is the number of people on the dole long term the highest for 15 years?”

Mr Osborne replied Mr Healey should ‘celebrate’ the government’s record on employment, after a fall in overall numbers of jobless people to the lowest in 18 months.