Unemployment almost halved in Chelsea and Fulham with David Cameron's Conservatives - don't risk it with Ed Miliband, Labour and the SNP

Greg Hands has welcomed new figures showing that in the five years since the last election, unemployment in Chelsea and Fulham has fallen by almost half, under the Conservative-led Coalition Government. Official, independent figures released on 17th April show 994 fewer people in Chelsea and Fulham claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit compared with 2010 - a 48 per cent drop. This means more people in work, with the security of a good job and a regular income.

Jobs are being created up and down the country, and the same set of figures show that 2 million jobs have been created across the UK since 2010. Here in London, people are getting off benefits and into work, with 527,000 more Londoners in work since the last election.

But all this is at risk if Miliband gets into Downing Street, propped up by the SNP. Because Labour are facing a wipeout in Scotland, Miliband would have to rely on the SNP for support.  With Nicola Sturgeon calling the shots, they would hike up borrowing, hit pay packets, and cost jobs.

Conservative Candidate for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands said "It's excellent news that 994 fewer people are relying on Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit in Chelsea and Fulham - that's more families here with the stability and security of a regular income.

"This is thanks to the hard work and the determination of businesses and people here, and because of the Conservatives' strong leadership and clear economic plan, 2 million jobs have been created since 2010. That's an amazing number, but it's not some dry, meaningless statistic: it's 2 million more people with the security of a pay packet; 2 million more families able to look forward to a brighter future.

"But it would all be put at risk with the chaos of a Miliband-SNP stitch-up, hiking borrowing, hurting the economy, and costing jobs - and it'll be hardworking people in Chelsea and Fulham who'll pay. That's why you have to vote Conservative here to get a brighter, more secure future for our community."

Under the Conservatives' Economic Plan, Britain is beginning to recover from the crippling debt left by the last Labour Government. 1,000 jobs have been created every day since the last election. The private sector has created over 2.3 million jobs since the election - that's more jobs than the rest of Europe put together.

Greg added "We are now the fastest growing economy in Europe, with our private sector creating more jobs than the rest of the EU combined.  It's no mystery why our economy is creating jobs: it's because of the hard work of the British people, and because of the measures David Cameron has put in place to back businesses and build a stronger, healthier economy.

"The risk to our economy, and the chaos it would bring to the country, if Labour comes back to government must not be underestimated. It was Labour that left people with fewer jobs and fewer opportunities - their track record speaks for itself:

"The number of people without a job increased by one million in Labour's last term in office; the number of people on unemployment benefit rose by 82 per cent in Labour's last term; youth unemployment rose by 45 per cent under Labour - meaning young people were not getting the skills they need to get on in life; and the number of households where no member had ever worked doubled under Labour."