Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman demands British jobs for British workers after disappointing bacon buttie
BRITISH people should be “first in line” for jobs, according to Huddersfield’s MP.
Barry Sheerman made the demand yesterday after a foreign coffee shop worker got his order wrong before handing him “the worst bacon bap”.
The Labour man yesterday called on British firms to give young people in Huddersfield “first crack” at jobs over recently arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe.
And the veteran backbencher warned that “pernicious political correctness” could prevent a proper debate of the issue.
On Monday Mr Sheerman used micro-blogging website Twitter to vent his frustration at poor service in a coffee shop.
He wrote: “Just had worst coffee & bacon bap in London at Victoria Station. Why can’t Camden Food Co employ English staff?”
Speaking to the Examiner yesterday, Mr Sheerman explained: “I was in a bit of a hurry to get the right train.
“The girl who served me couldn’t speak very good English. She got my order wrong and my change wrong – that’s what made me cross.
“I know she was from Eastern Europe but I don’t know if it was Lithuania or Poland.”
But Mr Sheerman added: “She wasn’t to blame for the bacon buttie – it was a mish-mash of little bits, not a piece of bacon.
“You get a much better bacon buttie in Huddersfield. There’s a lovely lady who runs a cafe in Moldgreen and makes the best bacon buttie in Yorkshire.”
Following Mr Sheerman’s initial tweet, fellow Twitter user Nick Linford asked the Labour man if he was being prejudiced.