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Yesterday we saw the First Minister for Scotland, Alex Salmond personally lobby the Board of LloydsTSB to ensure Scottish jobs are secured during the impending merger with HBOS – The enclosed is a statement from the SNP’s website yesterday.

“First Minister Alex Salmond will meet Lloyds TSB chiefs today to lobby for Scottish jobs over the bank's proposed merger with HBOS.

Mr Salmond will use the meeting to press home the "strong case" for maintaining jobs in Scotland in the event of the merger going ahead, a spokesman said today.”

For English Democrats the question is not whether or not Mr Salmond should be lobbying the board of LloydsTSB, the question is who is fighting for the workers here in England?

Robin Tilbrook, the Chairman of the English Democrats responds:- “The simple answer is none of the British Establishment, not the trade unions, not the Labour Government, not the Conservatives, not the Liberals, in fact the only group that is fighting for our worker’s jobs is the English Democrats. Our Party spokesperson, Ed Abrams, has requested an urgent meeting with the board in order to put the case for keeping the jobs here in England.”

Ed Abrams said “ I am shocked, saddened but, alas, not surprised that the ONLY party fighting for jobs in England is the English Democrats. What a shameful indictment of our democratic process that we have the Scottish First Minister flying down to London to fight to retain Scottish jobs, whilst as per usual, people in England are left to fend for themselves. Just what is it going to take for someone, anyone in government to declare they will fight for jobs in England - even at the expense of jobs in Scotland?”

Ed Abrams continued “For let's be absolutely clear about this, Alex Salmond is trying to guarantee Scottish jobs - and if he succeeds, those jobs will inevitably be at the expense of workers in England. The people in Halifax and the rest of England really do need to take this on board.”

Ed continued "Although the effect of job losses could be felt all over England - potentially, the traditional headquarters in Halifax could be devastated. What on earth is the local Halifax Labour MP, Linda Riordan, doing about it? Precious little! She should be screaming from the rafters about this - she's not! Simply going through the motions and as-per-usual hand-wringing will not do, Ms Riordan!”

Robin Tilbrook said "Is anyone from Government or Opposition saying anything about saving jobs in England as Scotland’s First Minister is for Scottish workers? Absolutely not! If nothing else, this sorry episode highlights the real need for England to have her own First Minister - a person who will fight for the rights of the people of England!

Ed Abrams concluded “I do hope that LloydsTSB will listen to us and I offer a solemn promise to the workers of HBOS here in England, we will not turn our backs on you, we will fight with all our might to keep your jobs open”

Press release sent out by Media Unit – English Democrats Party –

Ed Abrams
The English Democrats Party
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