More than 50,000 “green” jobs could be created in Red Wall seats in just two years, research claims tonight.
A study reveals the number of posts which could be generated in seats the Conservatives won from Labour at the December 2019 election.
They include jobs in green infrastructure, energy, research and development, digital infrastructure and the care sector.
Green New Deal UK’s 26-page ‘Green jobs for all’ report says 9,632 could be forged in Redcar, North Yorks; 7,899 in Stockton South, Teesside; 6,292 in Workington, Cumbria; and 3,465 in Don Valley, South Yorks.
The non-profit body highlighted 16 constituencies which switched from red to blue at the last election where it believed 51,629 posts were possible.
Reigniting the local economies in the wake of coronavirus is seen as key for the Tories in holding the constituencies, which were Labour heartlands until they fell to the Conservatives 17 months ago.
Green New Deal UK co-executive director Hannah Martin said: “In the 2019 elections, voters swung decisively in the Red Wall.
“Constituencies like my hometown in Wakefield want bold leadership on issues like unemployment and the economy, and are in favour of decisive action on climate change too.
“Labour could set the tone for this debate by committing to a visionary Green New Deal that provides millions of good green jobs in places that need them – and if the Conservatives are serious about levelling up in places that need it, this should be their first priority.”
Part of Green New Deal UK’s research drew on a previous study by the Trades Union Congress.
It found that research and development in decarbonising technology in manufacturing could help create over 38,440 jobs in the next two years.
The figure was distributed among constituencies based on levels of existing manufacturing infrastructure, with a multiplier for 10-year investment.
The same study found that investment in high-speed broadband could help create 42,365 jobs in the next two years.
Green New Deal UK’s own Green Jobs for All report from last November(2020) said 646,000 jobs in care work could be created across the UK.
Unison general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Focusing on a green economy is the best way to get the country back on its feet after the pandemic.
“We’ll all benefit from a sustainable future with investment in new jobs and strengthened services.
“A complete revamp of the care sector is also needed if we’re to thrive.
“Creating better paid, quality jobs in social care with a proper career path will attract more recruits.”