“Outstanding. The fastest growth in the G7. Restrictions ending, opportunities increasing, more people in work than before the pandemic and Stevenage right at the heart of it.”

Stephen McPartland, Twitter

February 10, 2022

Facts

Tory MP McPartland asserted that more people were in work, by February 2022, than prior to the Covid pandemic

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that, in the period from December 2019 to February 2020 there were around 33 million people in employment.

Looking at figures provided by the ONS, referring to the period January - March 2022, there were around 32.6 million people employed. This is a decrease.

Verdict

The false that there are more people in work than before the pandemic is one made often by Tory MPs.

We approached Stephen McPartland's office to give him a chance to comment, but received no response.

Additional Note: When we reached out to the Home Office for comment they refused to provide an email address for us to send our analysis explaining over the telephone that "normally we probably only engage with legitimate news outlets". We are scrupulous giving individuals and organisations cited in this website the opportunity to respect to criticism.

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