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Only 16 From 650 MP's Got 40% Of Vote

Monday, January 12, 2015

Only 16 From 650 MP’s Secured 40% Support Of People Entitled To Vote That Tories Want As Threshold For Strike Action In Public Services

If the Tories are returned again in May they would have no hesitation in forming a Government while not securing 40% support from the electorate says GMB.

GMB commented on the Tory Party announcement of a manifesto commitment that strike ballots in public services will require 40 per cent support from those entitled to vote. See notes to editors 2 for copy of Tory Party press release dated 10th January 2015.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said "Only 16 out of 650 elected Members of Parliament secured the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in their parliamentary constituency area election in 2010. See list in notes to editors 1 below. Only 15 Tory MPs out of 303 secured that level of support.

If the Tories are returned again in May they would have no hesitation in forming a Government while not securing 40% support from the electorate.

Yet they propose use that power to impose a 40% threshold on trade union members voting for strike action.

The Tories are class warriors. They are the party of the rich and powerful seeking to shackle workers seeking to defend themselves after years of pay freezes.”

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Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or Martin Smith 07974 251 722 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

1 Details of 16 MPs out of 650 who secured 40% support from all in their constituencies entitled to vote in 2010 general election.

MP

Party

Constituency Name

Votes

2010 Population aged 18+

%

Tim Farron

LD

Westmorland & Lonsdale

30,896

69,212

44.6

Cheryl Gillan

CON

Chesham & Amersham

31,658

71,476

44.3

James Arbuthnot

CON

Hampshire North East

32,075

74,144

43.3

Jo Johnson

CON

Orpington

29,200

68,739

42.5

Jeremy Hunt

CON

Surrey South West

33,605

79,305

42.4

Paul Beresford

CON

Mole Valley

31,263

74,683

41.9

Nick Herbert

CON

Arundel & South Downs

32,333

77,718

41.6

Dominic Grieve

CON

Beaconsfield

32,053

77,961

41.1

David Cameron

CON

Witney

33,973

82,703

41.1

John Whittingdale

CON

Maldon

28,661

70,531

40.6

George Hollingbery

CON

Meon Valley

28,818

71,076

40.5

Bob Stewart

CON

Beckenham

27,597

68,108

40.5

Theresa May

CON

Maidenhead

31,937

78,907

40.5

Desmond Swayne

CON

New Forest West

27,980

69,403

40.3

Christopher Chope

CON

Christchurch

27,888

69,628

40.1

Richard Benyon

CON

Newbury

33,057

82,731

40.0

2 Copy of Tory Party press release:

Strikes in core public services will require 40 per cent support from those entitled to vote under a future Conservative Government it was announced on 10th January.

The commitment, to be included in the Conservative 2015 election manifesto, will apply to health, education, transport and fire services. It forms part of a package of measures a Conservative government would introduce to safeguard against the disruption caused to parents, families and commuters by strikes that have very little support from union members.

The announcement follows low turnouts for recent instances of industrial action that have called into question their legitimacy. It will provide peace of mind for hardworking people that the most important services will be available, whilst retaining the crucial right of unions to go on strike where there is significant support amongst their members.

New elements of the package include:

· Introducing a 40 per cent threshold of those entitled to vote in core public services;

· Undertaking a review in to the use of Minimum Service Levels so people can rely on core public services being there; and

· Ending the ban on using agency staff to cover for striking workers.

These build on a number of measures already announced:

· Introducing a 50 per cent turnout threshold for all strike ballots;

· Reforming picketing rules to protect workers who do want to go in to work; and

· Ending rolling mandates so strikes can’t be called based on ballots that were held years ago.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

“Trade unions are important institutions with a strong history. Day in, day out, dedicated trade unionists work hard to represent their members, campaign for improved safety at work and give advice and support to their members when they need it.

“But it is only fair that the rights of unions are balanced with the rights of hardworking taxpayers who rely on key public services. It is wrong that politicised union leaders can hold the country to ransom with demands that only a small percentage of their members voted for. That causes misery to millions of people; and it costs our economy too. As part of long-term economic plan for our country, we want commuters, parents and families to be able to get on with their day with as minimal disruption as possible.

“These serious reforms will help increase the legitimacy of any strikes unions do hold. And they will put our labour laws back where they should be – on the side of hardworking people going about their daily lives. That’s how we will secure a better future for Britain”

 

 

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