David Davis, former Tory leadership candidate, warns over trade union legislation

David Davis, the Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, has said that the Government’s proposed restrictions on trade unions should be reconsidered.

Davis said on Sky News’s Murnaghan programme that he agreed with many of the measures but added:

“There are bits of it which look OTT, like requiring pickets to give their names to the police force. What is this? This isn’t Franco’s Britain, this is Queen Elizabeth II’s Britain”.

The measures which Davis referred to related to proposed rules which would require trade unions to supply information on members if requested to do so. The measures would also require unions to appoint a supervisor to supervise strike action who would take on some responsibility for events which took place.