Tory MPs urged to back targeted extension of furlough scheme

Newly-elected Conservative MPs are urged to support calls for a targeted extension of the leave program to avoid putting hundreds of thousands of jobs in their constituencies at risk.

Labor will today lead a debate in the Commons calling on the government to introduce targeted income support for businesses and the self-employed in sectors most affected by the coronavirus.

The party also wants additional income support to be given to parts of the country that are subject to local lockdown restrictions.

Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds said the “one-size-fits-all withdrawal of wage support across the economy” will threaten half a million jobs next month in seats won by the Tories in the last general election.

Labor Party analysis suggests that in mid-August, 650,000 people fell completely in love with their employer for the 107 seats won by a new Tory MP in December.

As of March, about 9.5 million roles have been supported by the leave scheme, but it will be completely removed by the end of October.

Ahead of the Opposition Day debate, Ms. Dodds said, “For months, the Chancellor ignored calls from companies, unions and the decentralized governments to end his disastrous one-size-fits-all withdrawal of wage support across the economy.

Unless he changes course now, more than half a million jobs could go in constituencies represented by those Conservative MPs who first entered Parliament less than a year ago.

Clearly, the Chancellor is too stubborn to admit he is wrong. The 2019 Tory intake has the power to force a U-turn on the cliff’s edge before it is too late is for the people they represent.

“They must do the right thing and vote to expand income support for jobs and businesses in the hardest-hit sectors and areas under local constraints.

“If they don’t, sectors vital to the UK’s economic recovery, such as highly skilled manufacturing and the creative industries, will suffer.”