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17/08/01
Blair in a Dill Pickle Over McDonald's Sponsorship
- PM is 'out of touch' say Labour Party opponents

TONY BLAIR faces opposition from within his own Labour Party after lining up McDonald's as one of the party's main sponsors at this year's autumn conference.

"It turns my stomach, I don't know how low we can sink," said Labour MP John McDonnell (no relation). "It just shows how out of touch the Labour leadership is with the rank and file of the movement."

As well as being the target of many in the burgeoning anti-capitalist movement, McDonald's is notorious in Labour circles as an anti-union employer. The Labour Party receives much of its funding from UK trade unions.

"I hope this is not a first step towards renaming us the McLabour party," said General, Municipal and Boilermakers leader John Edmonds. "If a company is prepared to pay 15,000 for the privilege of a glass of warm white wine with the Prime Minister then it can afford to pay decent wages."

McDonald's sources pointed out that the company also sponsors events at both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat conferences, but neither opposition party has close links with the unions.





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