Theresa May’s new head of policy drew up plans for a lower minimum wage in poorer areas

Mrs May made George Freeman MP her new policy guru last week, and he believes people working in new firms should have NO employment rights

Theresa May ’s new policy guru has a plan to slash employment rights and cut wages for workers in poorer areas.

George Freeman, a Conservative MP, wrote a paper in 2013 arguing that the minimum wage and public sector pay should be “regionalised”.

The paper, ‘The Innovation Economy Industrial Policy’, which he co-wrote with fellow MP Kwasi Kwarteng, suggests reducing the minimum wage in areas where incomes are lower.

Other suggestions included halving corporation tax for big business, abolishing subsidies for green energy, and exempting corporations from paying tax or having to follow employment rights for their first three years.

It also said corporation tax should be cut to 10 per cent as a matter of course and advocating moving skilled workers from the public sector to the private sector.

The MP will now chair Ms May’s policy board – despite her suggestions that her government would help workers, rather than “the privileged few”.

“By maintaining uniform national minimum wages and wage rates in the public sector, the Government creates real imbalances in regional labour markets,” he wrote.

Mr Freeman’s appointment, first reported by the Daily Mirror newspaper, signals the possibility of a radically right-wing direction for industrial policy under the now PM.

Both Downing Street and Mr Freeman declined to comment to the newspaper.

It comes after the Coalition Government commissioned the so-called Beecroft Report, which looked at changes to employment law and uggested making it easier to sack workers.

The new Prime Minister appears to be breaking with the industrial strategy of the last government. Last week she said all takeovers of British companies should be scrutinised to judge whether they were in the national interest.

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