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Forgemasters – PM refuses to correct the record

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Meg asked the Prime Minister to correct his comments about Sheffield Forgemasters, but he declined to do so.


Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): The Prime Minister has said that he wants to see more companies owned by their workers—the so-called John Lewis model. Sheffield Forgemasters is one of those companies. Will the Prime Minister therefore now accept that he was wrong to criticise its shareholders for seeking a loan from the Government? They were not seeking to line their own pockets; they have not yet taken a penny in dividends. What they were seeking to do was ensure the future of that company and other jobs in the UK.


The Prime Minister: The hon. Lady talks about the importance of firms being owned by their own employees; I am looking forward to her support and the support of every Labour Member when we make sure that the Post Office has that sort of ownership model and we get the investment going as well. [Interruption.] I will take that as a yes, then.


 . . . Nor will Nick Clegg

Meg raised a point of order with the Speaker concerning a statement that Nick Clegg made in the House of Commons.

Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On Tuesday 22 June the Deputy Prime Minister told the House that he was due to meet with the chief executive of Sheffield Forgemasters the following Friday. I understand that no such meeting took place. Can you inform me how the Deputy Prime Minister can set the record straight?


Mr Speaker: It is not a responsibility of the Chair—[ Interruption.] Order. The House really must calm down; otherwise it gives a very bad impression to the public who take an interest in our proceedings. A commitment may or may not have been made. The matter is important and the hon. Lady has registered her concern forcefully on behalf of her constituents. The matter is on the record—and I suspect that she will pass copies of the record to those in her constituency interested in it—but it is not a matter for the Chair.


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