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James Morris MP column: Getting people back to work is always my priority
3:09pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
"Being a Member of Parliament is one of the few jobs that doesn’t have any kind of job description.
Different people expect different things of their MP, based on tradition, what previous MPs for the constituency did or didn’t do, and what their own personal needs are at a particular time.
At its most basic level, the role of a Member of Parliament is to represent the interests of the constituency in the House of Commons.
I also try to do what I can to more the constituency more widely and to take practical action to get things done in the community.
This has become an increasingly central part of an MP’s role over the past twenty years, and is a part of the job that I find incredibly satisfying.
When I am out and about in our town centres, at my advice surgeries or knocking on people’s doors, the most important issue that comes up again and again is the need to help local people to find work.
Next week I am organising the second Halesowen and Rowley Regis Jobs Fair at the Salvation Army in Cradley Heath, following on from last year’s Jobs Fair in Rowley and the Apprenticeship and Skills Fair that I organised in Halesowen in May.
After the success of last year’s event, which was attended by more than 700 people, we have more employers signed up to exhibit a wider range of jobs. We have jobs in retail, manufacturing, customer services and the public sector.
Since last year’s Jobs Fair, unemployment in Halesowen and Rowley Regis has continued to come down steadily, with the numbers falling in eleven out of the last twelve months.
Clearly new jobs depend on businesses having enough confidence that the economy is heading in the right direction for them to invest in expanding and taking on new employees.
There is growing evidence that the economy has now turned the corner, with economic figures across manufacturing, services and construction all at the highest levels they have been for several years.
The number of people in work locally is now at record levels but there are still far too many people who are unable to find work – and at the same time there are hundreds of unfilled vacancies in the area.
I hope that next week’s Jobs Fair will help a lot of those people who have been struggling to find a job and I look forward to seeing you at the Salvation Army on September 26."
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