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LABOUR’S youth leadership have condemned Blairite MP Chuka Umunna for offering year-long unpaid internships — opposing Labour Party policy in doing so.
Mr Umunna, who was once considered future leadership material, has been condemned by Young Labour’s national committee for circulating an advertisement for an internship in his office.
The advertisement listed the job duties as studying policy issues, answering the enquiries of Mr Umunna’s Streatham constituents and aiding Mr Umunna on his anti-Brexit campaign.
However, the only remuneration Mr Umunna offered was the cost of a student travelcard, worth about £1,000 a year.
Mr Umunna has been attacked in the past for calling West End revellers “trash” on an elite social networking page, as well as for his hostility to Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist politics.
Labour’s 2017 manifesto For the Many Not the Few, the political platform on which Mr Umunna was returned to Parliament with an increased majority of 68 per cent, pledged to make unpaid internships illegal.
A Young Labour statement said that it was “very sad” Mr Umunna ran his affairs in this manner.
“The Labour Party is committed to abolishing unpaid internships and this has to start with our own MPs.”
Young Labour assistant secretary Joe Bradley told the Morning Star that offering unpaid internships “falls far short of the ethics expected of a Labour MP and it brings the party into disrepute with the public, who oppose unpaid internships.
“I urge Chuka to pay his workers right."
Mr Umunna has not responded to enquiries by the time the Star went to press.
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