MP: 'Plans to help economy undemocratic'
GOVERNMENT plans to kickstart the economy have been branded "half-baked and undemocratic" by Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood.
In a scathing attack on official measures to rejuvenate the UK economy, the Lib Dem politician accused ministers of "trashing" people's employment rights with a "nasty vindictive" proposal.
It came as the Government pressed ahead with moves to streamline the planning system.
Opening the second reading debate of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the legislation would make it easier for energy firms to build new power stations and speed up the rollout of super-fast broadband across rural areas, while protecting greenbelt land and beauty spots.
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In some cases, it was taking "far too long" for the planning process to be completed, he argued.
The bill also set out a scheme, for workers to sacrifice employment rights for a stake in their small firm.
But Mr Horwood spoke out against the measures, arguing the "hasty looking" bill seemed to go against the move to hand down decision-making to the grassroots, and urged a rethink.