In the light of your article “Labour cagey over gangmaster laws”, I wanted set out the Labour party’s position with regard to licensing labour providers in the construction industry.

We have not “rejected extending gangmaster licensing to construction”. Our position is precisely as stated in the quote that was given to your magazine by the Labour party press office: “We have always thoroughly evaluated evidence in relation to any changes to employment law. The government’s response to the Donaghy Report stated that we would consider the findings of the current review by the Health and Safety Executive into CDM regulations, for

instance. As our manifesto says, we will extend the licensing approach to labour providers in the construction industry if the evidence shows that is the best way to enforce employment rights.”

Pat McFadden, chair, Labour Party National Policy Forum