SDLP to move motion on jobs for the west

The SDLP are moving a motion in the assembly today calling the Executive to implement the Bain report recommendations of decentralising government jobs as a matter of urgency.

The motion will be moved by Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tommy Gallagher and Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey.

Mr Gallagher, the SDLP's Western Development spokesperson,  says as well as seeking decentralised jobs, they will also be seeking more government contracts for businesses west of the Bann.

He says since 2007, only eight  businesses in his constituency were awarded government contracts, with far more contracts coming from the republic and while every MLA will fight their own corner, they will taken a clear regional view