Cuts Threaten 28,000 Jobs in the North East; Official Figures Devastating, Declares MP

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Byline: William Green

MORE than 28,000 North East workers face losing their jobs as coalition cuts bite, it was claimed last night.

South Shields MP and Labour leadership front runner David Miliband warned of "devastating" public sector job losses after uncovering official figures in the House of Commons library that laid bare the huge number of redundancies likely to hit the North East.

Unions also predicted a "tsunami" of job losses after Ministers yesterday confirmed plans to shut the Government Office for the North East - along with its counterparts in other regions - with the loss of around 200 local jobs. Mr Miliband was speaking after analysis by the House of Commons library showed 28,239 public sector jobs could go in the North East, with 10,591 people on Tyneside alone facing redundancy.

Another 4,556 jobs could be lost in County Durham and 3,137 in Northumberland.

South Teesside could see 3,230 jobs go, along with 2,967 in Sunderland, 1,182 in Darlington as well as 2,576 in Hartlepool and Stockton. Mr Miliband said: "With recent surveys suggesting rapidly worsening business confidence, with no evidence of an emerging hiring spree, their prospects of finding work in the private sector are bleak. …