Shipley's Philip Davies is criticised

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Philip Davies MP Philip Davies MP

Shipley MP Philip Davies has come under fire for supporting calls to scrap the minimum wage after demanding the Government make it easier for businesses to employ people.

Mr Davies (right) said the best way to get people back into work and off incapacity benefit was to make it easier and less burdensome for employers to take on new people.

Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell criticised Mr Davies’ support for a Bill which could abolish the minimum wage.

Mr Purnell said: “I think it’s important for us to provide help to get people to get back in to work and also to improve the incentives for people to get back into work.”

Mr Purnell urged the Tory front bench not to support the Employment Opportuni-ties Bill – expected to be debated on Friday – which would allow employers and employees to negotiate their own level of remuneration.

Speaking after the question, Mr Davies said: “I think the minister must have pre-prepared his answer because my question related to extra burdens on business such as the Equalities Bill.

“The more expensive you make it to employ people the less of it you will see.

“We need to make it to easier and less costly and burdensome for small businesses in particular to employ people as many of them are struggling.”

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9:40am Tue 12 May 09

freespeech says...

What a plonka! Would like to see MP's wages and their expense's reduced!! Hope you don't get back in next time DAVIES
What a plonka! Would like to see MP's wages and their expense's reduced!! Hope you don't get back in next time DAVIES freespeech

11:24am Tue 12 May 09

theanorak says...

Talk about adding insult to injury, just how out of touch from the real world are our MP's, perhaps Mr Davies should try living & working on the minimum wage !
Talk about adding insult to injury, just how out of touch from the real world are our MP's, perhaps Mr Davies should try living & working on the minimum wage ! theanorak

12:52pm Tue 12 May 09

Baildon Bystander says...

This is the sort of free market economics that went out with Thatcher. Davies is so right wing he might as well go and join the BNP.
This is the sort of free market economics that went out with Thatcher. Davies is so right wing he might as well go and join the BNP. Baildon Bystander

12:53pm Tue 12 May 09

TirNaNog says...

This idiot wants to have a word with some of his colleagues. I don't mind paying taxes if it enables low wage earners to have a little more. I do object to paying tax so one of his cronies can have the moat surrounding his estate cleaned out or the pipes under his tennis court fixed! Get a grip Davies you clown! It's these leeches you should be targetting not the ordinary working man who put you on the gravy train you're currently riding towards the buffers!
This idiot wants to have a word with some of his colleagues. I don't mind paying taxes if it enables low wage earners to have a little more. I do object to paying tax so one of his cronies can have the moat surrounding his estate cleaned out or the pipes under his tennis court fixed! Get a grip Davies you clown! It's these leeches you should be targetting not the ordinary working man who put you on the gravy train you're currently riding towards the buffers! TirNaNog

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