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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.

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Bryant: 'Employers recruit from low-wage EU countries'

Tesco has denied having a distribution centre in the county and it is understood the firm will write to Labour to complain about the "unfair" attack.

The biggest complaint I have heard, from migrants and settled communities alike, is about the negative effects migration can have on the UK labour market. And I agree.

It is unfair that unscrupulous employers whose only interest seems to be finding labour as cheaply as possible will recruit workers in large numbers in low-wage countries in the EU, bring them to the UK, charge the costs of their travel and their substandard accommodation against their wages and still not even meet the national minimum wage.

– Labour's Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant

According to extracts of tomorrow's speech reported in The Sunday Telegraph, Labour minister Chris Bryant will acknowledge that immigration can have a negative effect on labour markets.

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