Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rudd Retreats over Forcing Firms to List Foreign Workers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rudd Retreats over Forcing Firms to List Foreign Workers

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor

PROPOSALS to force firms to reveal how many foreign workers they employ could be ditched, the Home Secretary said today less than 24 hours after unveiling them.

Amber Rudd also warned against shying away from a debate about immigration, adding "don't call me a racist" for seeking to speak about it.

But the foreign workers' proposal, unveiled at the annual Tory rally in Birmingham, faced a backlash from business chiefs. One said it would make having a global workforce be seen as "a badge of shame".

Ms Rudd, pictured, said the proposal was part of a consultation which aimed to ensure firms are "thinking first" about hiring locally trained people. "It's not something that we are definitely going to do, it's one of the tools we are going to use as a review to see if we can use as a way of nudging people," she told BBC radio.

She also dismissed accusations that she was sanctioning a "form of racism" and encouraging people to say "go home, you are doing my job". …

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