SAJID JAVID was accused of playing a “sick joke” yesterday after his department advertised a vacancy for someone in London to regenerate steel jobs in the north.
The Department for Communities and Local Government advertisement said it was seeking to appoint a “project lead” for the Tees Valley’s mayoral development corporation, a job which would include “occasional” trips to the region.
Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley reacted angrily, saying: “The people working on this project need to be here on the ground, not hidden away in an office in Whitehall.
“This site, and thousands of jobs, could have been saved if central government ministers and civil servants had acted in the first place.”
Three thousand workers lost their jobs when the Redcar steel mill closed in 2015.
Tory Tees Valley Mayor Neb Houchen welcomed the new role, but emphasised it was a Whitehall position, not appointed by his offi ce.