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COUNCILLORS CONDEMN GOVERNMENT EURO JOBS SNUB

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Councillor Charles Gray, former leader of Strathclyde RC has described the government's decision not to back a Euro...
Councillor Charles Gray, former leader of Strathclyde RC has described the government's decision not to back a European union initiative for job creation as 'crazy'.

The Scotsman (p8) reports that Scotland will lose out because of the government's decision not to back the creation of employment packs in the UK.

Another councillor, Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham city council, accused the government of 'bloody mindedness.'

Mr Gray, who is a North Lanarkshire councillor, told the paper: 'The very fact that Europe is behind the proposal means that there will also be money behind it.

'It is crazy that our government don't want anything to do with it.'

COSLA European and international affairs officer Jon Jordan said: 'If the territorial employment pacts are to involve significant sources of funding, then Scottish local authorities will want access to that.'

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