Uber: Supreme Court Ruling

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:42 pm on 24th February 2021.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 1:42 pm, 24th February 2021

May I urge the Government not to take an Uber free market approach in these matters, and to recall that the Conservative party has a long history of defending workers from ruthless entrepreneurs? For instance, in the 19th century, Disraeli resisted attempts by the then Liberal Government to prevent workers from picketing when on strike. Can the Minister be absolutely robust today and say, following the question from Andy McDonald, that we believe this is a landmark judgment and that Uber must now accept that its hard-working drivers, many of whom have come from abroad and deserve protection, are employed and deserve all the rights of fully employed people?