Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls praised the workforce at RS Components, Corby, and the company for its policy of investing for the future.
He visited the electro-components firm in Birchington Road today (Thursday, July 12) where he was shown round the component packaging department and had the chance to talk to workers.
The minister was joined on the visit by Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, and Labour and Co-operative prospective parliamentary candidate for Corby and East Northants, Andy Sawford.
The MP for Morley and Outwood in West Yorkshire said: “What is great news is that RS Components is a company which is expanding. Looking to the short-term doesn’t work.
“What we need is long-term jobs and investment.”
The Shadow Chancellor acknowledged Corby’s continued optimism and its regeneration programme, despite the recession, with the opening of the town’s new Tresham College, the Cube and Olympic swimming pool, the rail station and continued house-building.
He said: “Communities cannot succeed by being pessimistic.”
During his visit to RS Components, Corby’s biggest employer, the Shadow Chancellor chatted to workers, asking questions about their jobs.
Among those he spent time with were Yvonne Geoghegan, who has worked at RS Components for 22 years, and Diane Rigby, who has been with the firm for 12 years, and who told Mr Balls the company handles 25,000 different components.
Mr Balls said: “What I’ve learned here today is that there are many more components being sent out all over the world than I could ever have imagined. It is complicated and detailed and a skilled job being carried out by hard-working employees.”
Mr Sawford, who invited Mr Balls to look round the massive complex, said: “I wanted him to come here and see what RS Components is capable of and to see for himself the commitment of the workforce.
“I wanted him to see how firms are investing in the local economy.”
Mr Sawford said he would be campaigning for Corby to be given Enterprise Zone status and hoped Mr Balls would support him.