BUSINESSES in Witham have been praised for getting people into work.

The town’s MP Priti Patel highlighted a sharp fall in unemployment in her constituency during a debate in Parliament.

Ms Patel after her speech said: “Businesses in my constituency and throughout Essex have been brilliant at creating jobs, apprenticeships and training places.

“The unemployment rate is on a downward trend and I congratulate all those firms who are recruiting and taking on new staff.”