Ballerinas among shortage occupations, says Leeds MP Hilary Benn, as he speaks about fuel and truck driver shortages after Brexit at a labor conference rally


File photo dated 09/09/19 of Labor MP Hilary Benn (PA / Aaron Chown)

Meanwhile, heritage sites struggle to source materials and restaurants find themselves unstaffed as labor shortages and issues continue to impact the economy.

Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn told a crowd at a pro-European Labor conference rally that “the truth is that little by little the British people can see what is happening before their eyes”

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Mr Benn, who served as Environment Secretary under Gordon Brown, continued: “I was at a factory in my constituency yesterday and asked about them trying to get their goods through. Europe and there has been a rolling of eyes of people who have had to Cope with it. ”

The rally comes as drivers across the UK scramble to find fuel amid gas station shortages which have been blamed on a lack of available heavy truck drivers.

“Can someone tell me the lines for gasoline in France, Germany and Italy?” Asked Mr. Benn.

“We don’t want to put truck drivers on the shortage list because we believe truck drivers deserve a pay rise.

“I agree, truck drivers deserve a pay rise. I thought I would look at the list of shortage occupations the day before yesterday and I found ballerinas among many jobs! Don’t ballerinas deserve a pay raise? In which case, why are they on the list of shortage occupations?

He was joined at the event by Leeds North West MP Alex Sobel, who works in Keir Starmer’s shadow team in charge of tourism and heritage and said the ‘battle’ over Brexit ‘will not just started “.

Mr Sobel accused the government of “rushing[ing] via “a ‘terrible’ Brexit deal, which now had an impact on companies on its record that cannot source specialized products or the manpower needed to ensure they are used correctly.

He explains: “When I go to see heritage sites […] and I say what are your problems, they say we can’t get materials because they have to come from Europe, this Italian marble that we need, we can’t replace it with other marbles, it has to be the original

“And we are running out of construction workers because they have returned home. You talk to hospitality, they don’t have the manpower. You talk to a whole range of people and all of these issues are addressed one by one.

He told the crowd gathered at a Brighton cinema: “All the things that we said would happen are now coming true – the food that is missing from store shelves, the gas stations have fuel shortages, the chefs are lacking in the Restaurants.

“All these things that we talked about and were told we were scary, we were told that none of this was going to happen.”


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