A Labour government would back businesses to “buy, make and sell in Britain”, the party’s leader, Sir Keir Starmer, said as he continues a tour of northern England and the Midlands.
Sir Keir also stressed the need to “make Brexit work”, after having said that he would not seek to re-enter the EU if Labour came to power.
Research published by the Labour Party showed the number of jobs in manufacturing has dropped by 93,000 between 2009 – when the last Labour Government was in power – and the end of 2021. This includes 16,000 fewer positions in the North of England and 18,500 in the Midlands.
Labour compared the figures with numbers in Germany where, between 2010 and 2020, nearly one million manufacturing jobs were added.
Sir Keir Starmer blamed the fall on low investment, a failure to improve productivity, and cuts to skills budgets.
The Labour leader was speaking ahead of a visit in Burnley, as he continues his trip around the country during the Parliamentary recess.
On Monday, Sir Keir visited Sunderland to meet the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
On Tuesday he will visit the tech firm What More UK, where he will say that Labour plans to “buy, make and sell in Britain” and warn that it is was “not enough to just leave the EU and think the job is done”.
He will say: “For too long the decline of manufacturing has been treated as if it was inevitable and irreversible. I will never accept that.
“But these figures show how the Government’s failure to back British business has led to a shocking decline in the number of jobs.
“The next Labour government would support our manufacturers with practical plans to buy, make and sell in Britain.
“We would be as ambitious for towns and cities across the country as they are for themselves, investing in skills, technology, and quality jobs – so that people once again feel the benefits of British industry.”
The Government was contacted for comment.