Burnham questions motives over union disputes inquiry

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said he wanted reassurances that that a Government-backed inquiry into the conduct of industrial disputes was not a "political call".

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said he wanted reassurances that a Government-backed inquiry was not a 'political call'.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said he wanted reassurances that a Government-backed inquiry was not a 'political call'. Credit: BBC/Sunday Politics

"Of course if there's been intimidation it's unacceptable and that should apply to unions as well as employers," he told BBC One's Sunday Politics show.

"I think I need reassurance that this isn't a political call by Mr Cameron designed to report near the election, so you know we'll see how this develops."

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