Conservative MPs vote against British fishing jobs
Every Conservative MP in the Humber region, including our very own Lia Nici, voted against a key amendment on the Fisheries Bill that would have created more jobs in coastal towns on the Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire coast.
The Jobs in Coastal Communities amendment to the Fisheries Bill, which was passed in the Lords with cross-party support, would have ensured that at least two thirds of fish caught in British waters would be landed in British ports.
As there are ten jobs on land for every one job at sea in fishing, this would have created jobs in coastal communities in East and North Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.
Conservative MPs voted this down on Tuesday night – including all those representing seats on the Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire coast.
Labour voted in favour of the amendment, calling on the Government to do more to support coastal communities. Which includes Grimsby.
It was hoped that landing more fish in UK ports would strengthen the economic link between commercial fishing and ports. Increased seafood landings in British ports would bring more jobs and investment to coastal communities.
Luke Pollard MP, Shadow Environment Secretary, who visited Hull and Grimsby in August to meet those in the industry, said:
“Every Conservative MP that voted today against supporting jobs and ports in the UK owes their constituents an apology.
“Coastal communities have seen declining wages and jobs opportunities under this Government.
“More fish landed in UK ports would bring more job opportunities, not only in catching fish – but in processing, delivery and engineering industries.
“It’s clear that under this Government fishers and coastal communities aren’t getting a fair deal.”