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Yorkshire And Humber TUC Conference O’Grady blames Tories for chaos

BLAME for the Brexit chaos has been firmly pinned on the Tories in a withering speech by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.

She was speaking at the annual conference of Yorkshire and Humber region of the TUC in Doncaster, where she made a blistering attack on former Tory leader David Cameron and current Prime Minister Theresa May for the EU withdrawal mayhem.

On Saturday, Ms O’Grady mocked Ms May for turning to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for help.

“Finally Theresa May has called in the Labour Party to sort out the mess,” she said.

She also gave a scathing summary of the Tories’ record in government over the last 40 years.

“In my view it started with Thatcher, smashing the steel and coal industries,” she said.

“Then their friends wrecked the economy and the banks.

“Then Cameron comes in, gets the referendum result, and walks away. But there’s still no resolution. Theresa May refused to talk to trade unions and instead turned to the backwoodsmen of her party. She turned right – remember the £1 billion for the DUP?

“Then she offered to sell her P45 in return for votes. Now she’s seeking help from Jeremy Corbyn who she once said was ‘unfit’ to govern the country.”

But Ms O’Grady warned: “For the party that introduced tribunal fees, refused to get rid of zero hours contracts, Brexit is a great opportunity to rip up workers’ rights.

“We will not stand by and let the Tories rob us,” she said.


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