PM under fire over job figures
Published 08/04/2010 | 05:00
There are nearly 300,000 fewer British workers in private sector jobs now than when Labour came to power, it was revealed yesterday.
Previously unpublished figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed the level of private sector UK-born workers has fallen from 19,020,000 in 1997 to 18,732,000.
In the same period, the number of workers born overseas has almost doubled to nearly three million.
The figures, which were uncovered by 'The Spectator' magazine, prompted claims from the Tory shadow immigration minister Damian Green that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had misled the public by promising "British jobs for British workers".