Anthea McIntyre, Conservative Employment spokesman in the European Parliament, today hailed new figures on wage growth as evidence that Government policy continued to create more jobs and better prospects.
She said: "More people are working - and their efforts are earning them more. This broad progress continues month after month, year after year.
Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, spoke as new statistics showed real wages rising at their fastest pace in nearly ten years - while the number of people in work was at record high as the economy continued to grow.
She said: "Some people are calling it the jobs miracle - but this is down to good government rather than divine intervention.
"I always say businesses create jobs - not politicians. But businesses need the right conditions and encouragement to thrive.
"Our government is helping people into work by backing business and delivering a modern Industrial Strategy.
"That is helping businesses create more and better-paying jobs across the whole country.”