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"I have to represent the dispossessed of Grimsby and Castleford eking out their life, killing the pain of unemployment and alienation with that most effective of pain killers, heroin."

"This is not the way Europe should polish up its unemployment statistics: we do not have the political ambition of creating a social class of the 'working poor'."

Europe lacks jobs not skills - Wim van Velzen

"We must find ways to strengthen the hand of workers in the globalised marketplace. Our workers must have in their hands a strengthened card when they come to the job market. That strengthened card can be created by education."