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By Mark Wallace
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Evidently the news has gone out today from Labour HQ that it’s time Opposition MPs did something over the summer recess. The topic of choice is zero-hours contracts and, lo and behold, flurries of Labour MPs have been tweeting away.

I’ve picked out the four tweeting MPs above for a reason. As well as dutifully obeying the orders of the day, they have something else in common – each is a Labour & Co-operative Party MP.

One of the major employers caught up in the zero hours row that they are stoking is Co-Operative Funeralcare, part of the Co-Operative Group, aka the people who fund the Co-Op Party.

This is an awkward topic for Labour to pick, given that there are 32 Co-Op MPs on the Labour benches, including Ed Balls. While he doesn’t sit as their representative, Ian Murray, the Shadow Minister responsible for the policy, lists himself as a Co-Operative Party member.

Perhaps before calling for the contracts to be banned, they might start by boycotting their own campaign donor?

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