Anthea McIntyre, Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, has welcomed today’s UK jobs figures showing continued increases in wages and people in work.

The West Midlands MEP said: “Britain continues to set the standard for the rest of Europe in the creation of quality jobs.

“More people are in work than ever before and their wages are rising at their fastest for 10 years.

 “This is what happens when you create the right climate for growth and enterprise and then let businesses do what comes naturally.”