Peter Hoskin

Boris vs the unions

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It was all so Osborne-a-go-go earlier that we didn't have chance to mention Boris's speech to the Tory conference. By way of rectifying that oversight, here's footage of the Mayor of London taking on the trade unionists who have organised a Tube strike today. His proposal that at least half the members of a union should vote in a strike ballot for it to be valid – which drew enthusiastic applause from the crowd – is something that he has discussed with the government before now: