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Leadsom's Position 'Totally Untenable' Over Thomas Cook Collapse

15 October 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has said the position of the Business Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, is "totally untenable" after it was confirmed that no UK Minister contacted Thomas Cook bosses in almost a week leading to its collapse.

The detail emerged during the opening session of an investigation by the Commons Business Committee into how the travel firm went to the wall.

The Committee – taking evidence from former Thomas Cook bosses including CEO Peter Fankhauser - also heard that Ministers from Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece all made personal contact with the company.

Commenting, Manuel Cortes said: “The fact that no British Minister contacted Thomas Cook during the six days before its collapse is utterly damning.

“We can’t have a Business Secretary that doesn’t bat for Britain, doesn’t lift a finger when 9000 jobs are on the line. The public will be furious at this lack of action when the business could have been saved. Leadsom’s position is now totally untenable. She must walk or be fired.

“What we have learned today shows that while our Government was prepared to write off this iconic British brand for ideological reasons alone several overseas Governments were more than willing to help.

“They believed in Thomas Cook – one has to ask – why did this appalling and inert Conservative Government not feel likewise?”

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