reed.co.uk hosts exclusive pre-election interviews
reed.co.uk hosts exclusive pre-election interviews with the would-be next Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
With just days until the General Election, reed.co.uk sent its reporter company chairman James Reed himself to ask the three potential Secretaries of State for Work and Pensions some key questions posed by UK jobseekers.
reed.co.uk asked people to submit their questions just two weeks ago. After an overwhelming response, with more than 500 questions asked in under 48 hours, five questions were chosen, representing jobseekers key concerns.
The exclusive interviews with Theresa May (Conservative), Yvette Cooper (Labour) and Steve Webb (Liberal Democrat) are available to watch online at reed.co.uk and on YouTube. Viewers can give their instant reaction to what they've seen by voting on which politician answered each question best.
Topics ranged from tackling youth unemployment to dealing with the impact of foreign workers. The full five questions, as asked by jobseekers, comprised:
- How do you intend to get young people back to work?
- How can you stop the influx of foreign workers that are taking jobs away from UK citizens?
- All I hear about is help for youth. What about the older worker who has been hit by redundancy?
- What will you do to support the up-skilling and training of the UK workforce to help us compete on the world stage?
- What can the UK government do to help support small and medium-sized businesses with the aim of building growth in the UK economy and reducing unemployment?
James Reed also posed his own job interview-style question, asking each politician what uniquely equips them to be the next Secretary of State.
James Reed, chairman of reed.co.uk, commented:
"From Liberal Democrat plans to introduce paid internships to Conservative proposals to build twelve new technical colleges and Labour's planned support for individuals setting up new businesses, it's been fascinating to hear how each party intends to tackle the challenges of the job market.
"For many people, work, employment and job prospects will be amongst the highest priorities in the coming election, so having the chance to put the genuine concerns of jobseekers to the main political contenders will, I hope, help people decide which way to vote."
Videos of the full interviews, details of the questions asked and voting can all be found at reed.co.uk, whilst additional clips, comments and information is available at youtube.com/reedvote2010.