Sheffield MP, Louise Haigh, has today attacked the "desperate" decision from the Tories to move 250 jobs from Sheffield to London, laying-off Sheffielders in the process.
Since the decision to close the Sheffield office of Business, Innovation and Skills was taken to consultation on the 29th January Louise, other local MPs and the powerful Public Accounts Committee have scrutinised the decision finding that it will cost more and damage policy-making.
The Business, Innovation and Skills department is partly responsible for the Northern Powerhouse agenda and these civil servants have been called "the eyes and ears of the Northern Powerhouse".
Commenting Louise said:
"We have hauled ministers before the House of Commons time after time, stood on the picket line with employees and fought tooth and nail to keep jobs in Sheffield."
"The decision to move Sheffielder's jobs to London is a desperate symbol of the Tories' contempt for our city. They cannot be trusted to build a Northern Powerhouse and put our area on equal footing with the wealthy south-east after this despicable decision to lay off powerful Sheffield civil servants who could have been the eyes and ears of a Northern revival."
"The Tories' promised to build a powerhouse but instead they are taking jobs out of our city and moving them to the very last place in need of these jobs - Westminster. The Tories' have proven what we all know - the Northern Powerhouse will work in spite of the Tories not because of them."