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Forget the House of Commons - I'm lovin' McDonalds: Barry Sheerman tries his hand at burger joint

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman's shift at McDonalds

Barry Sheerman, Huddersfield MP and McDonald franchisee Pritpal Singh
Barry Sheerman, Huddersfield MP and McDonald franchisee Pritpal Singh

MP Barry Sheerman swapped the House of Commons for McDonald’s.

But it’s not a massive job swap for the Labour veteran as he was just learning about the firm’s business and community work.

He met franchisee Pritpal Singh and his team at the Huddersfield branch.

Barry said: “McDonald’s in Huddersfield serves many of my constituents every week so it was interesting to find out more about Pritpal and his business.

“As a passionate supporter of the value of apprenticeships, I was particularly interested to hear about the apprenticeship programme from members of staff who have achieved qualifications as a result, and to hear more about progression opportunities within the business.”

During the visit the MP met three employees – Zaf Ajaib, Kimberley Watson, Shanice Marshall – all current apprentices of McDonald’s Level 2 Apprenticeship and Foundation Degree in Managing Business Operations, learning customer service, teamwork and communication skills.

The MP also heard about the community projects McDonald’s is involved in, from litter picks and a bulb planting event with Yetten Together Group to the Greenstreams project to help clean the River Colne.

Pritpal said: “My staff and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet our local MP.

“As a franchised restaurant we are essentially a local business and I was proud to show Barry just how hard we work to ensure our customers get the best possible service every day.

“It also provided a nice opportunity for our restaurant team to tell Barry all about the different work we do with various groups in the community, including the local schools, grassroots football clubs and community groups.”

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