BURTON’S MP has received glowing praise from the Prime Minister for his role in setting up the town’s successful jobs fair.
Andrew Griffiths came in for special recongnition from David Cameron for his part in the event which was held at the Pirelli Stadium last month.
Mr Cameron spoke about the event in Parliament, saying it was proof the MP was not ‘just talking’ about the need to reduce unemployment.
The jobs fair, which was held for the third consecutive year, saw more than 1,600 people attempt to find work, with some of the region’s major players such as JCB, Marston’s and Nestle all offering their backing.
Speaking in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister, who was replying to a question from Mr Griffiths about the need to support small businesses, said: “Unemployment in the West Midlands fell by 14,000 during this quarter. However, my honourable friend does not just talk about helping people back into jobs, he has also set up a job fair in his constituency, which has done a huge amount to bring businesses large and small together with those who want jobs.
“That is the sort of social action in which Conservatives believe - not just talking, but helping.”
Mr Griffiths told the Mail he was slightly taken aback to receive such glowing praise.
He said: “I have to say I was surprised that he mentioned the jobs fair but I was delighted he recognised what a difference it has made in Burton.
“The Prime Minister has things from the economy to world peace and the terrorism threat to occupy his thoughts so the fact he is aware of the work we are doing means a great deal.
“The congratulations also go to everybody else involved from the Burton chamber to Burton and South Derbyshire College to the staff at the job centre and everyone else who helped make the jobs fair the success it was.”
Mr Griffiths also revealed that on the back of the event’s success, he had been asked to give a presentation to his fellow Tory MPs about how they could set up their own jobs fair.