Clegg rejects Beecroft proposals
Nick Clegg has publicly voiced his opposition to Adrian Beecroft's proposed changes to employment law which would make it easier for bosses to fire employees without resorting to a tribunal.
Asked about the report at a question and answer session following this morning's speech on social mobility, the Deputy Prime Minister said: "I don't support them: I never have. And for the simple reason that I've not seen any evidence yet that creating industrial-scale insecurity amongst millions of workers is a way of securing new jobs."
Meanwhile, Downing Street has rejected Labour’s claims the Government “doctored” the report. The Prime Minister's official spokeswoman repeatedly said this afternoon that "it is his final report", but avoided agreeing that Mr Beecroft had signed off the final draft.
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna had argued the difference between a draft version of the report, leaked to the Daily Telegraph, and the final version “questions the independence” of the findings.
Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday said one recommendation in the report – to make it easier to sack workers – was the “wrong approach”.