HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright expressed his concerns for the future of young people in the town in a House of Commons debate.
Mr Wright said the town has the highest rate of youngsters out of employment, education or training in the country and blamed the Government scrapping schemes such as the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
He challenged Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith and said: “One in five young people in Hartlepool are without employment, education or training.
“It is the highest proportion in the country.”
Mr Duncan Smith said the situation in the town is “highly regrettable”, but blamed the Labour party for the country’s debt.
Meanwhile, local Labour MPs voted against a bid for a referendum on inclusion in the European Union.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson, Easington MP Grahame Morris and Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham, all voted against the motion.