Alistair Cameron criticises MP for voting against equal pay bill

December 22, 2014 6:57 PM

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury has sharply criticised Laurence Robertson, the Conservative MP, for voting against legislation promoting equal pay for women.

Mr Robertson was one of seven male Conservative MPs who voted against a bill requiring large companies to publish details of any pay gap between male and female staff.

In spite of this opposition, the bill passed its first vote by 258 votes to 8. However, the bill will need government backing in order to become law.

Alistair said:

"We have had equal pay legislation for a long time in this country. However, it is a sad fact that women's pay often lags well behind male pay and women on average earn less than £200,000 compared with men over a lifetime. Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats

It makes good business sense for companies to pay men and women the same rate in order to attract and motivate the best employees. I therefore believe a progressive employer would be very supportive of this bill and am disappointed that Mr Robertson has opposed it."



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