Oldham MP Jim McMahon MP has requested an urgent debate in Parliament regarding the Shop Direct closure and the need to secure employment in Oldham, and other parts of Greater Manchester.
The call follows a meeting with Shop Direct where they concluded that they intend to carry out their plans to relocate operations to the East Midlands which will lead to the loss of nearly 2,000 jobs across three Greater Manchester sites.
The MP said:
”News that Shop Direct will close three centres has been met with shock and anger by local people. The impact of this cannot be underestimated and the response in support of the people affected must reflect this.”
“The closure of Shop Direct has brought into sharp focus the need for Oldham to secure jobs and ones which are accessible to local people. We need improved transport across Greater Manchester, so that more employment opportunities are made available.
“But we also need Government led investment to attract employers to Oldham. Oldham is working hard to attract investment but without meaningful resources from government it’s often an uphill battle.
“I have returned to Parliament this week and requested that this issues be discussed at the highest possible level.”