Nationalist parties are costing 50k jobs: DUP

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell
East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell

DUP MP Gregory Campbell has claimed Sinn Féin and the SDLP are squandering 50,000 private sector jobs by their failure to implement welfare reform.

He asked the Secretary of State yesterday if she agreed “the current political impasse as a result of two parties failing to implement the Stormont House agreement is costing us about 50,000 private sector jobs, as corporation tax reductions and investment in the likes of the Ballykelly camp in my constituency are being held up?”

The Secretary of state Theresa Villiers replied: “There are the direct consequences that we have talked about before in terms of public finances and the effectiveness of the Executive, but the huge jobs boost that could come with corporation tax devolution is not going to be delivered unless a sustainable budget is settled and welfare reform is implemented.”