Tyne & Wear

Newcastle protester leaves Jarrow March for new job

Modern Jarrow march
Image caption The march will finish in London with a demonstration

A protester from the re-enactment of the 1936 Jarrow March has abandoned the group's employment campaign after getting a job.

Paul Phillips, 22, from Newcastle, set off on Saturday 1 October with hundreds of young people to march from Jarrow in South Tyneside to London.

He has left the march just one week in after getting a job in a call centre.

Campaign group Youth Fight for Jobs wants action to help almost one million 16 to 24-year-olds out of work.

Mr Phillips said: "This whole march for jobs, was not just a march for jobs, but a march against the cuts and the current ConDem government.

"It was very close to my conscience and very close to what I believe in but I thought it would be very ironic if I'd turned down a job to go on a march for jobs."

He said he was now doing as much as he could from the north-east of England to help support the march.

It marks the 75th anniversary of the original Jarrow March in 1936, when 200 jobless men marched on the government with a 12,000-name petition calling for employment help.

It will finish in London with a demonstration on 5 November to protest against the high levels of youth unemployment.

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