Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Youths Told Farm Jobs Don't Have to Go to Migrants

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Youths Told Farm Jobs Don't Have to Go to Migrants

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Byline: Ruth Lognonne Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com

YOUNG people in the rural North need to be more aware of agricultural jobs on their doorsteps to stop them being taken by migrant workers, a North MP has said.

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith is worried that young people in rural Northumberland don't realise that there are serious careers to be had in farming and agriculture.

His comments came after Sir James Paice, who was an environment minister until 2012, said British workers have been replaced by migrants in food and farming jobs because they are not prepared to do the work.

He said that "where there is job displacement it is because British workers are just not prepared to do that work rather than taking illegal migrants somehow on the cheap."

But Sir Alan said that many young people are under the impression that the need for farm labour is disappearing, when that is not the case.

"The reduction in the labour force in recent years does not mean there are no career opportunities," he said. …

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