_33A7571Andrew Gwynne MP has condemned Conservative Members of Parliament after they opposed his Bill to create thousands more quality apprenticeships for young people.

The Bill aimed to give local authorities the power to request that businesses receiving more than £1million in public procurement contracts should create quality apprenticeships to provide a paid job and a ladder to a future career to thousands of young people.

The proposal was backed by Labour’s Business team, and the Labour Party has pledged to introduce the policy in any future Labour Government.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

 “Tory MPs turned up simply to attack my Bill, and the Lib Dems didn’t turn up at all.

“The Conservative Party says one thing and does another when it comes to giving young people a chance. The taxpayer has immense power when it comes to getting firms to work in their interests, but the Government wants to leave them be, even when we are forking over enormous amounts of cash.

“Young people in my constituency desperately need to be given a leg up, with long term youth unemployment remaining far too high.

“I wanted to introduce a Bill that had a chance to make a real difference throughout the country. I have seen at first-hand just how successful apprenticeships are in providing high quality training and a great start to working life. It is just a shame some Tory MPs thought it was appropriate to attack them.”

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