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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:36 am on 24th March 2022.

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Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 10:36 am, 24th March 2022

The House will recognise the irony of a Labour Member talking about banning fire and rehire, a practice that the Labour party used as recently as last year. Fire and rehire should be an absolutely last-case scenario when a company is in difficulty and wants to secure as many jobs as possible in order to survive. What P&O did last week was, frankly, a complete abhorrence. Its actions cannot be defended by anyone and should be condemned. We have employment laws to protect people, and we will make sure P&O follows the law.