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MPs disappointed by 'bugged' Sports Direct meeting

MPs have said that they are disappointed after they were allegedly filmed while holding a meeting at the Sports Direct warehouse in Derbyshire.

It comes after a surprise inspection to see working practices yesterday.

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, claims a woman planted a recording device in a room where they were having a meeting.


Union urges Jaguar Land Rover members to accept pay deal

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The UK's largest union Unite is urging its members at car giant Jaguar Land Rover to accept what is calls an "exceptional" two-year pay deal. The union said the proposed agreement is worth 3.5%, plus a £750 bonus in year one and an inflation-proofed retail price index plus 0.5% rise in year two. Around 22,000 workers at sites in Castle Bromwich, Coventry, Halewood, Solihull and Wolverhampton will be balloted, with a "strong" recommendation to accept. Unite national officer Roger Maddison said:

"This is an exceptional pay deal for an exceptional workforce recognising their skills and continued hard work in making JLR a world-beating car maker. Many of the workers, who will enjoy this industry leading pay deal, made huge sacrifices through the tough times endured by JLR a number of years ago. It is only right that they now share in Jaguar Land Rover's continued success. Unite strongly recommends that members back their shop stewards unanimous decision to accept the pay deal."

– Unite national officer Roger Maddison.
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Campaign to re-brand Northamptonshire as top destination

A campaign's being launched to re-brand Northamptonshire as one of the country's top tourist destinations.

The region's beautiful countryside and stately homes already attract 20 million visitors a year generating around a billion pounds.

Organisers want to double that in the next five years. The man behind the campaign is James Lowther, a former advertising guru at Saatchi and Saatchi.


Amazon to hire another 300 staff for new warehouse

Amazon has announced it will be hiring another 300 staff in Daventry. Credit: PA Images

Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will be hiring another 300 staff for its new warehouse in Daventry.

The warehouse in Northamptonshire is set to open next year as the company expands to meet a surge in demand.

The group said its new warehouse will support a 40% hike in the number of independent sellers.

Amazon plans to add 3,500 jobs this year to take its UK workforce to more than 15,500.

Daventry will be the sellers third warehouse in the Midlands, joining sites in Rugeley, Staffordshire, Coalville and Leicestershire.

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