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Toby calls for collective approach on Chesterfield Remploy factories in Westminster debate

Chesterfield’s MP, Toby Perkins, spoke up for the disabled staff at Chesterfield’s threatened Remploy factories in a Parliamentary debate on Tuesday (16 October 2012).

The debate was called by Toby’s Labour colleague Willie Bain MP (Glasgow North East) who is also battling Remploy closures in his own constituency.

Toby paid tribute to Mr Bain’s campaign and called for a collaborative approach to ensure that the workers at the factories do not feel isolated or ignored.

“My hon. Friend has been working incredibly hard on behalf of his constituents in Springburn, and we have been speaking a tremendous amount about this matter because both of our factories—his in Springburn and mine in Chesterfield—are under the Remploy Healthcare banner. We agree entirely about the role of Government, but does he also agree that there needs to be a real collective working together by the management, the Government and the trade unions to ensure that the work force, who are under tremendous stress at the moment, feel empowered and involved in this process and have an understanding about what the long-term future might hold? Recent events have been incredibly stressful for those people, and have led to difficult working circumstances for them.”

Toby also called for the Conservative Minister responsible for Remploy, Esther McVey, to not avoid her responsibilities in this area and to ensure a strong process is in place.

“To return to the process, my hon. Friend Mr Bain asked whether the Minister was satisfied that there was no threat of legal recourse from disappointed bidders and that the process was robust. I want to clarify whether the Minister is satisfied that the process was robust and that she is happy to take responsibility for it going forward, and that, as far as she is concerned, we are not going to come back to a west coast main line situation in which everyone says, “It was not my fault”. As long as she is happy and the process is robust, she can take responsibility for it.”

You can read more of the full debate here.

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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