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Labour pledges to create 20,000 youth jobs in Scotland

Iain Gray
Iain Gray made the jobs pledge on a visit to Dundee

The Labour Party will get 20,000 youngsters back into work, Scottish party leader Iain Gray has said.

Mr Gray believed the Future Jobs Fund, which has secured 10,000 jobs for Scots in the last year, was vital in boosting employment among the young.

The MSP, on a visit to a training scheme in Dundee, pledged Labour would create another 20,000 jobs from the same fund in Scotland.

The £1bn fund was set up last year to create jobs for the unemployed.

It aims to create 150,000 jobs across the UK, with 100,000 aimed at 18 to 24 year olds who have been unemployed for nearly a year.

Mr Gray said: "Labour set up the fund to help deal with the recession and get people back into work.

"The Tories voted against it. They opposed every single one of those jobs."

He continued: "In the Scottish Parliament they [the Tories] vote against measures that would create jobs.

"They cannot pretend to be on the side of Scottish families when they constantly oppose things that would help families."



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