The local Labour Party is deeply concerned about the possible closure of the Cromer Crab Company. The loss of the largest private employer in the town would have a devastating impact on the local economy and the lives of the families with members who work there.
North Norfolk Labour Party are urging the parent company Youngs to keep the Cromer operation open. Whilst it recognises that the current economic environment is making things difficult for businesses, it believes that the company should also consider the wider social and economic impacts of closing and look at alternative solutions.
The party condemns the coalition government for making cuts too fast and too far. “This government’s policies are tipping the country back into recession,” says Labour Party Chairman, Tim Bartlett, “At the general election the economy was growing and unemployment was falling, but the government are putting people out of work at the same time increasing VAT. That has had a detrimental impact on family spending which, as we see, then affects businesses”.
The party will be calling on Norman Lamb MP to back shadow chancellor Ed Balls five point plan for growth unveiled at this week’s party conference, which includes a temporary VAT cut and tax breaks for small businesses that take on extra staff.
In a sign of solidarity with the workers of Cromer Crab, the North Norfolk Labour Party have postponed a planned campaign on youth service cuts this weekend. Labour campaign organiser Sam Rushworth explains: “instead there will be Labour members in Cromer this Saturday encouraging people to sign a local petition to send to the company asking them to keep the Cromer operation open.