Crumbs ahoy! - Shadow minister visits Batley factory

Shadow secretary for environment, MP Mary Creagh (centre), during her visit to Fox's Biscuits.
Shadow secretary for environment, MP Mary Creagh (centre), during her visit to Fox's Biscuits.

An MP was given a sweet treat on a visit to Batley, and got her hands on some tasty local biscuits!

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh visited the Fox’s Biscuits factory in Wellington Street, and got to try her hand at packing cookies.

The shadow environment secretary said: “It was fascinating to come here and see how the biscuits were made. I enjoyed putting biscuits into the boxes - which is a lot trickier than it looks!

“Fox’s is a household name throughout the country - I think every family gets a tin of them at Christmas!”

She came to the factory as part of the IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future campaign, which aims to provide training opportunities for 15,000 young unemployed 16-24-year-olds around the country.

After speaking to unemployed young people who went on the tour with her, she said: “This is a great campaign that is about making sure that we have a skilled workforce for the 21st century.

“Most of the people I had spoken to had been in and out of work, or had been on training for jobs and had not found things yet – the overall impression I was given at Fox’s was that the young people who visited were still finding their way.

“The government had scrapped the future jobs fund in 2010 and we now have more young people in long-term unemployment, but I am optimistic about this scheme having spoken to senior management at Fox’s.”