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Labour will use a debate today to accuse the Tory-led Government of abandoning the next generation through a series of reckless policies that strip away opportunities from our young people and make it harder for them to get on in life. Labour will use the opportunity to force a vote on key measures to get Britain’s young people back into work.

In a debate on 'the British Promise' - that each generation of young people should do better than their parents and grandparents - Labour will say that the Tory-led Government’s decision to cut too far and too fast has hit students, apprentices and other young people particularly hard, as well as choking off economic growth.

Labour will use the debate to renew its call for public sector contracts to require the provision of apprenticeship places for young people, and put pressure on Liberal Democrat MPs who are supporting policies rejected in their own manifesto.

John Denham MP, Labour's Shadow Business Secretary, said:

“The Tory-led Government are not only choking economic growth by cutting too far and too fast, but are seriously damaging the prospects of our young people and depriving them of the opportunities they need to get on in life.

“With growth flat-lining and one in five young people out of work, now is the time to back our young peopl e and support them back into employment. But the Tory-led Government are tripling tuition fees, scrapping vital programmes such as EMA and the Future Jobs Fund and scrapped the guarantee of an apprenticeship for every young person who wants one. They’re abandoning the next generation.”

The motion calls for the Tory-led Government to take measures that will create more opportunities for our young people through growth and jobs, by:

  • Temporarily cutting VAT to boost consumer spending.
  • Creating thousands of high skilled apprenticeships through enshrining apprenticeships in public sector contracts.
  • Using a repeat of the bank bonus tax for a £600m Youth Jobs Fund, a homebuilding programme and to boost regional growth funding.


The motion will put pressure on Liberal Democrat MPs, who have been breaking their own manifesto pledges.

John Denham MP added:


“The Tories and the Lib Dems are united in doing serious damage to the opportunities of the next generation. Without supporting our young people through opportunities in education, training and jobs, we not only betray them but also risk the future competitiveness of our economy. The Tory-led Government need to back our young people now.”

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