Economy flatlining – MEP

Chancellor Philip Hammond holding his red ministerial box outside 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his Budget

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AN MEP is calling for a new economic plan, after unemployment rose to 256,000 in south-east England.

Latest figures show unemployment rose between May and July this year, with the numbers of unemployed men falling 1,500, but the number of women out of work increasing by 3,000.

Peter Skinner, Labour MEP for the south east, said: ‘In the last nine months the UK economy has only grown 0.2 per cent. We’re flatlining. The government has no plan B. We must create jobs.’