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Bradford Council 'could have saved' Thomas Cook jobs

Bradford council leader David Green
Image caption Bradford council leader David Green said council investment "could have saved" jobs at Thomas Cook

Jobs could have been saved at a doomed Thomas Cook office if the firm had approached the council for help, it has been claimed.

More than 500 jobs are to be lost at the travel agent's administration centre in Bradford.

City council leader David Green said it was ironic the news broke days before the authority was due to announce investment in job creation.

Thomas Cook said 537 roles would go when the centre closes in March 2013.

Mr Green said the council had earmarked £7m for investment in employment and training.

He said: "If Thomas Cook had come and spoken to us, we may have been able to come to some arrangement which would have saved some or all of these jobs."

He said the council wanted to hold a meeting with the company and would help staff look for alternative employment.

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