Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, responding to reports that Conservatives on the Greater London Assembly have called for the minimum wage to be suspended, said:
"On a day we learned that living standards are falling under David Cameron, it's shocking to see Tories calling for the minimum wage to be suspended. It's hard enough for people on low and middle incomes to get by already - cutting their pay even further, to a level that's currently illegal, would squeeze families even further.
"We have called on the Government to give small firms taking on extra workers a National Insurance holiday. That is the way to help businesses in tough times, not cutting people’s wages even further.
"The Tories should be encouraging employers to pay the living wage, not calling for the minimum wage to be suspended. There should be no going back to the last time the Tories were in power, when some workers were paid as little as £1 or £2 an hour. Ideas like this show just how out of touch the Tories still are."