EU Referendum: Reaction in the Calendar region

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  1. Tyne Tees

"Brexit could worsen construction skills crisis"

Federation of Master Builders has said that Brexit could worsen construction skills crisis Credit: PA

Federation of Master Builders has said that Brexit could worsen construction skills crisis.

They're now urging the Government to ensure that any new system of immigration provides the construction sector with enough skilled workers to build the homes and infrastructure projects needed.

“The UK construction industry has been heavily reliant on migrant workers from Europe for decades now – at present, 12% of the British construction workers are of non-UK origin.

The majority of these workers are from EU countries such as Poland, Romania and Lithuania and they have helped the construction industry bounce back from the economic downturn when 400,000 skilled workers left our industry, most of which did not return. It is now the Government’s responsibility to ensure that the free-flowing tap of migrant workers from Europe is not turned off.

If Ministers want to meet their house building and infrastructure objectives, they have to ensure that the new system of immigration is responsive to the needs of industry.” Berry continued: “At the same time, we need to ensure that we invest in our own home-grown talent through apprenticeship training. We need to train more construction apprentices so we are not overly reliant on migrant workers from Europe or further afield.

That’s why it’s so important that the Government gets the funding framework right for apprenticeships – when you consider that this whole policy area is currently in flux, and then you add Brexit into the mix, it’s no exaggeration to say that a few wrong moves by the Government could result in the skills crisis becoming a skills catastrophe. The next few years will bring unprecedented challenges to the construction and house building sector, and it’s only through close collaboration between the Government and industry that we’ll be able to overcome them.”

– Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB

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  1. National

Clegg tells Cameron: Call early general election

Nick Clegg Credit: HOC

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has called on Prime Minister to call an early election.

In response, the Prime Minister countered that the Coalition Government had brought in a fixed-term Parliament, and that the decision on whether to call a general election would be the decision of his successor.

Mr Clegg also thanked David Cameron for his "service to the nation" during the five years he led the Coalition Government.

He also spoke of the Prime Minister to see politics from "other people's point of view".

MP Angela Smith's worries for TATA due to Brexit

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith has said she is extremely worried over the future of TATA steel after Britain's decision to leave the EU

It is feared several potential buyers may now pull out of the bidding process - because of uncertainty over the country's economic future.

A Tata Steel spokesman said: "The strategic review of our business continues. Like business across the UK, parties involved will be considering implications from the referendum. We remain committed to working towards the best possible outcome for the UK business."

  1. National

Corbyn rejects resignation call and questions its timing

Jeremy Corbyn has rejected calls for his resignation as he questioned the timing of the vote of no confidence submitted by Dame Margaret Hodge.

The Labour leader said the intervention was inappropriate due to "massive political issues" which need to be dealt with following the Brexit result.

Jeremy Corbyn has faced criticism from within his party colleagues at Westminster for his role in the remain campaign. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Corbyn confirmed his intention to deal with the aftermath of Britain's exit as party leader.

I'm carrying on. I'm making the case for unity, I'm making the case of what Labour can offer to Britain, of decent housing for people, of good secure jobs for people, of trade with Europe and of course with other parts of the world. Because if we don't get the trade issue right we've got a real problem in this country.

– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

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Mayor of Goole introduces Corbyn who announces he 'won't step down'

The Mayor of Goole introduced Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour Leader announced he will not be stepping down in the wake of Brexit during a speech in London.

Terence Smith- the youngest mayor in Britain - introduces Jeremy Corbyn Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Terence Smith, who at the age of 19 is the youngest mayor in Britain, was selected to speak ahead of Mr Corbyn to focus on the many young people who voted in the EU referendum. He said Labour "must secure a bright future for my generation".

  1. National

The AA: Petrol prices could rise within days

Experts have warned petrol prices could rise soon. Credit: Reuters

Petrol and diesel prices could rise within days due to the plunge in the value of the pound, according to experts.

Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, said a rise of 2.5p per litre would be expected if the US dollar continues to trade at around 1.35 to the pound.

"I would think certainly by early to middle of next week we'll see prices moving upwards", he added.

In a statement issued on Friday, the AA also predicted an increase in prices: "Assuming that current market conditions persist over the next 10-14 days, the price of petrol at some fuel stations might be expected to rise by 2.25p a litre or £1.25 a tank."

  1. National

Removing Corbyn won't solve Labour's problems: Blunkett

Lord Blunkett said the party was failing to appeal to voters Credit: PA

Labour peer Lord Blunkett has said that Labour needs to work out what it stands for before it embarks on a search for a new leader.

The former cabinet minister said he was "not in favour" of Jeremy Corbyn remaining at the head of the party long-term but added "throwing eggs at him at the moment actually isn't going to change anything".

Until the Labour Party actually knows what its new leader stands for and how that's going to relate both to the instincts of the electorate and the reality of globalisation, we are not going to get anywhere.

That is the most enormous challenge for all social democratic parties around the world and I don't have a simple answer.

– Lord Blunkett

Lord Blunkett spoke out on Radio 4 Today programme as Mr Corbyn faces growing calls to resign.

He added: "Jeremy isn't the problem. His project and those around him are the problem."

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