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Chris Bryant: 'The truth is that concussion can kill'

Speaking ahead of today's roundtable in Parliament, Chris Bryant MP said:

There are many misconceptions about concussion, but the truth is that concussion can kill and too few coaches, players and parents know enough to protect players, especially in collision sports.

Following the head injury Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris sustained at Goodison Park back in November, I promised to establish a cross-party campaign in Parliament to raise awareness of this important issue.

As a Welshman, rugby fan and former player for the Parliamentary rugby team, I'm concerned that not enough is being done to ensure players and coaches are aware of the dangers from concussion.

– Chris Bryant MP (Labour)

Tanni Grey-Thompson: 'Concussion in sport is a serious issue'

Sport and physical activity is a fantastic thing to be involved in, but concussion in sport is a serious issue and it is time that not just 'Sports', but everyone who is involved in sport thinks about how we tackle this.

This includes coaches, parents and also the medical profession. We need to find a way that children and adults can participate, have fun but also be safe.

– Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson


Campaign highlights dangers of concussion in sport

The campaign hopes to improve research into the long term effects of concussion in sport Credit: PA

A new campaign is being launched to raise awareness of the dangers of concussion in sport.

Today Chris Bryant MP (Labour), and Baroness Grey-Thompson (Crossbencher) will chair a Parliamentary roundtable looking at the issue.

Members of the English and Scottish Rugby Unions, the Football Association and the Professional Footballer's Association will attend the roundtable, as well as leading concussion campaigners Lewis Moody, Rory Lamont and Peter Robinson.

It's hoped today's roundtable will be a chance for key figures in the sporting world to discuss what more can be done to ensure players of all levels of sport, play in a competitive but safe environment.


Tesco pledged to 'secure transfers and help locals'

Tesco has released its recruitment policy for its new Essex distribution centre after relocating it from Harlow to Dagenham.

The supermarket chain reacted after reports that the shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant had planned to claim it employed foreign workers because they were cheaper than local ones.

His modified speech, delivered this morning, had removed the claim.

Staffline Group’s Recruitment Charter for  Dagenham DC.
Tesco's "recruitment charter" to job agency Staffline Group for hiring staff at its new distribution centre in Dagenham in Essex Credit: Tesco

The charter promises to "do everything possible to secure as many positions possible for Colleagues at Harlow DC [distribution centre] to transfer to the Dagenham DC" and to "engage with the local people."

You can see the full charter here.

Read more: Tesco 'absolutely refutes' pay claims


Tesco 'absolutely refutes' Labour's foreign staff claims

by - Former Business Editor

In a blog, Tesco has said it "absolutely refutes" accusations that they hired foreign workers to save money on pay, saying:

We absolutely refute any suggestion that we moved colleagues from Harlow to Dagenham to give them a “pay cut” and reduce the wage bill.

The Dagenham site is a multi-million pound development – it doesn’t make sense to invest that sum of money in order to reduce a wage bill.

It is also not true that “a large proportion” of the workers in Dagenham are non-British.

Whether employed directly by Tesco or through an agency, they are overwhelmingly from the local area.

But the most serious accusation is that we have employed foreign workers in Dagenham on cheaper wages over British workers.

This is simply untrue.

– Tesco statement



Home Office: Tough reforms having an impact

Responding to criticism from Labour's Chris Bryant, Immigration Minister Mark Harper defended the government's immigration minister said the government's "tough reforms" are having an impact "in all the right places."

Our tough reforms are having an impact in all the right places. We have tightened the routes where abuse was rife and overall numbers are down as a result - net migration is at its lowest level for a decade.

And we are building an immigration system that works in the national interest and is supporting growth. Latest Labour market statistics show that there has been a rise in numbers in employment, which has benefitted British citizens first, but we are still attracting skilled migrants to come to the UK where they are needed by British businesses.

Read: Labour says government immigration policy adds up to "cheap and nasty gimmicks"


Labour amends language in foreign worker speech

Labour's immigration minister Chris Bryant toned down his speech on the impact of foreign labour on the UK labour market, omitting some of the extracts reportedly leaked to the Sunday Telegraph.

Read: Labour to target Tesco over immigration claims

Mr Bryant dropped key passages from the speech, and made it clear that he did not label either of the companies "unscrupulous"

He did however criticise Next for using a recruitment agency that has an entirely Polish website, and he said both companies need to look at why they take on significant numbers of workers from overseas. Libby Weiner reports.

Watch: Next recruitment agency website 'entirely in Polish'


Tesco: 'Vast majority' of Dagenham staff live locally

Tesco have welcomed Chris Bryant's praise during his speech on immigration and the labour market, and stressed the "vast majority" of the people they recruited for their Dagenham store are British and live locally.

We’re pleased that Mr Bryant has recognised that Tesco is a good employer and an important source of jobs in Britain.

We worked incredibly hard to recruit people from the local area in Dagenham and as a result of that work, the vast majority are British and live locally.

We have one of the best pay and benefits packages in the industry, and we pay the same rate whether our colleagues are British or from the EU.

Watch: Labour's Chris Bryant says local workers 'priced out' of market


Labour: Local workers 'priced out' of market

Labour MP Chris Bryant denied he was ever going to label Next and Tesco as "unscrupulous" employers, but said he had serious concerns of how the labour market was working. Speaking to ITV News he said:

Employers feel the need, including Tesco and Next, to take on significant numbers of workers from overseas. I think the way the labour market works in Britain effectively prices local workers out of the market and leads to exploitation of foreign workers."

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