National Minimum Wage

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:43 pm on 15th October 2014.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 1:43 pm, 15th October 2014

The hon. Gentleman speaks in good faith. All that I will say is that timidity is the preserve of his party’s Front Bench, whereas passion and determination characterise our side of the House.

As the Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Erdington, I am proud to say that Birmingham has been taking a lead in driving the living wage, first for those directly employed by the council, then for those working in schools, and now—it is the first time that any council in Britain has done this—for those employed in all future care contracts. Birmingham is working with a range of good employers, who are coming together and saying “We believe that the success of our city can be best achieved if workers are paid properly and treated fairly.”