Labour targets Tesco over immigration claims

Labour MP Chris Bryant has clashed with Tesco Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Labour's Shadow immigration minister has clashed with supermarket giant Tesco over claims made by a senior MP about recruiting foreign workers.

Chris Bryant is set to highlight the activities of Tesco in a speech attacking "unscrupulous employers" who recruit cheap labour from Eastern Europe.

In a speech tomorrow, he will claim the supermarket moved its distribution centre to Kent where a "large percentage" of the staff are from the eastern bloc, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

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Labour in foreign staff row

Labour's immigration spokesman has modified planned criticism of Tesco and Next over claims they preferred eastern European workers after a preview of his speech drew a furious response from the firms. Tesco said it "absolutely refutes" the claim.