MPs of Tory marginals with high unemployment could soon join that dole queue.
Pity Conal Gregory, Tory MP for York. With a wafer thin majority of 147, he faces an uphill task if he wishes to retain his seat.
York's 46% rise in unemployment during the past year will mean a whole new and understandably bitter group of voters. One may easily suppose they disagree with the Lamont view of unemployment as a 'price well worth paying' to bring down inflation. In fact, if just a handful of the 1,600 newly unemployed in York voted Tory and now desert, Gregory will soon be back in the wine trade, from whence he was plucked after his 1983 election victory.