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Call for probe into Sayers job losses.

MPs have called for a review of company law following the closure of Liverpool bakery Sayers.

Parent company Lyndale went into administration with the loss of 450 jobs, including 270 on Merseyside at the Sayers bakery in Lorenzo Drive, Norris Green, and 13 of 40 store closures. But former chairman Sandy Birnie bought 158 of the 198 north west shops from administrator BDO Stoy Hayward and continues to trade.

Now John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington and a supporter of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, is leading north west MPs in a call for a review.

Mr McDonnell used a House of Commons adjournment debate to raise concerns, saying: "No company should be allowed to treat its workforce in this brutal and cavalier fashion.

It is clear there needs to be a change in the law to protect workers from being treated like chattels - and that's what we're demanding from the government.

"I am calling for an investigation into both Lyndale Group Limited and their consultants and administrators BDO Stoy Hayward."

Dermot Power, BDO joint administrator, said: "Mr McDonnell was either misinformed or chose to be misinformed."

Mr Birnie was unavailable for comment.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2008
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