Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Youth Unemployment Hits Record High

It's very worrying to learn that youth unemployment has reached a record high. The number of 16-to-24 year olds who are unemployed now stands at 952,000, the highest figure since records began in 1992.

This is yet more evidence of the devastating effect the recession is having on young people. Ministers need to stop trying to rewrite the unemployment figures and start tackling the problem. Almost two years after the recession began and unemployment began to rise, the Government's flagship guarantee for young people hasn't even started yet. Conservatives have put help for youth unemployment at the heart of our plans to get Britain working again. We have pledged more help for all young people unemployed for six months or more, backed up by hundreds of thousands of new apprenticeships and training opportunities to give Britain's young people the support they need during the recession.

I know The Sun are doing a feature on Youth Unemployment in the North East in the wake of Joe McElderry's X Factor success. I've been amazed at the attention and focus Joe's win has brought our region and particularly our town. I've been asked about South Shields by so many people this week - not just by journalists - and it's interesting majority of the questions are socio economic related and asked by people without much knowledge of the North East, but want to understandstand more of our region. If you're not an X Factor winner, what sort of career are you likely to follow if you grow up in South Shields? I had to leave South Shields to follow my career. How great it would be if we could encourage more industry; more maufacturing the South Tyneside, I fully endorse the work of John Wood and Geoff Ford with the Manufacturing Forum and truly hope a Conservative Government can help our young people get into viable and successful careers in the North East.

Meeting with Business Matters in the Market Place


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