A 'Tsunami' of Job Cuts to Hit North; MP DISCOVERS OFFICIAL FIGURES

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Byline: SARA NICHOL

SAVAGE spending cuts could see almost 20,000 North East public sector workers lose their jobs.

The predicted number of pay-offs in the public sector was uncovered in the House of Commons library by South Shields MP David Miliband.

The figures he found detail job losses in every area of the region.

Labour leadership front runner Mr Miliband warned of "devastating" public sector job losses after uncovering the official figures which had been compiled by Commons staff 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 10,591 public sector workers on Tyneside alone facing redundancy. Another 4,556 jobs could be lost in County Durham and 3,137 in Northumberland.

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.

"The Tories haven't learned the lesson of the 1980s when whole communities were destroyed by rising unemployment that the Tory Government presided over. …

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