Yesterday I spoke in a debate on insecure work and the gig economy.

In my capacity as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on taxis, I have raised concerns about the taxi and private hire industry.

For anyone in any doubt about the agenda of those companies and the way they treat their workers, look at the way that companies such as Uber ​have had to be dragged kicking and screaming through the courts by trade unions, on behalf of their members—Uber workers—to be made to provide the basic terms and conditions and decent wages that everyone should enjoy.

One of the biggest issues facing all of us is about shaping the economy in the interests of ordinary working people and not allowing tech companies, top-heavy business models or digital platforms to shape it in their interests. This is something I take very seriously.

You can watch my speech in the video below.

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