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TSSA Calls For Business Secretary To Be Sacked Over Thomas Cook

30 September 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has called for the Business Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, to be sacked over her handling of the Thomas Cook collapse.

The move follows comments by Leadsom to ITV News in which she admits she did not speak to Thomas Cook in the run up to the firm’s collapse – saying she left matters to the Transport Secretary and “too many cooks spoil the broth.”

Earlier today Manuel Cortes wrote to Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee calling for an investigation into reports Leadsom failed to meet Thomas Cook officials prior to the firm's collapse.

Cortes is now calling for Leadsom to go saying - “This is an utter disgrace – what is the point of being Business Secretary if all you do when 9000 jobs are on the line is sit on your hands?

“Leadsom must resign or be sacked with immediate effect. Anything else will be a clear signal to millions of British workers that this Tory Government won’t lift a finger to help when there’s a threat to jobs.

“Imagine having the audacity to say ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’. Government Ministers should not have been passing the buck but rather, acting in concert to save an cornerstone of the British High Street.

“I have to say I’m not surprised at these revelations. Having spoken to Leadsom several times about her actions in the run up to the Thomas Cook’s collapse it was abundantly clear she was in over her depth and had no grasp on the detail.

“By her own admission she has treated Thomas Cook workers and their families with contempt and cannot remain in post a moment longer. If she does not do the decent thing and resign, she must be removed from Office.”

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