Labour shadow minister visits Barrowford firm

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna during his visit to Standel Dawman Ltd.
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna during his visit to Standel Dawman Ltd.

Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, came to Barrowford on Thursday to visit successful local manufacturing company, Standel Dawman.

He was given a tour of the company and met some of the apprentices working there who are studying at Nelson and Colne College.

He was joined by Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, County Coun. Azhar Ali, college principal Amanda Melton and Phil Kyle, Managing Director of Standel Dawman.

Mr Umunna said: “It was great to meet apprentices from across Pendle who are studying at Nelson and Colne College in manufacturing, business management and the service industries.”

And County Coun. Azhar Ali added: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our young people starting out in manufacturing. All credit to Standel Dawman, who have a history of recruiting apprenticeships into full-time roles.

“Labour’s Apprenticeships Bill of 2009 paved the way for a massive increase in apprenticeship numbers, and using Research and Development Credits, also introduced by the last government, small companies like Standel Dawman are competing successfully on the world market.

“However, far more needs to be done to bring higher quality, well-paid jobs to Pendle. Too many of our young people are being employed on zero-hours contracts. A future Labour government has committed to end this exploitative practice.”

Chuka Umunna said: “I look forward to coming back to Pendle and visiting other companies in the next few months.”