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Hundreds of town's unemployed attend MP Harrington's jobs fair
Unemployed people of all ages came in their hundreds to a jobs fair in Watford today (June 28).
The fair, organised by Watford MP Richard Harrington, saw more than 60 businesses set up stalls in the Langley Banqueting Suite with about 500 jobs on offer in the town while online retailer Amazon is looking to hire 1,000 people in Hemel Hempstead.
Business experts were on hand to offer tips and advice about how to write an outstanding application and secure a job.
Some companies even staged impromptu job interviews in quiet rooms at the fair with at least two young people securing positions within the first few hours.
Mr Harrington said: "I’m quite pleased with the way things are going. Freedom Communications have already hired two people but most companies will see people next week.
"As well as those looking for jobs I am quite pleased to see a few of our local councillors have been in.
"I extended an invitation to all of them as I’m not interested in making this event about politics."
Mr Harrington praised the Job Centre Plus for its efforts in encouraging people to attend and thanked Watford-based National Lottery operator Camelot for sponsoring the event.
However, Nigel Bell, Watford Labour Group leader, said his presence was only to show support for the various agencies who are attending.
He said: "As I have told Richard Harrington MP, this in no way shows my support for his and his Coalition Government's disastrous economic policies which are further damaging Watford's economic and employment prospects."