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David Cameron has admitted he is embarrassed by the lewd revelations published about him in Sasha Swire’s political memoir. 

The former Prime Minister said he did not want details of his private life ‘splashed all over the place’ in an interview with Times Radio to be aired this morning. 

In Lady Swire’s unabashed book, she details how the then-Tory PM told her not to walk ahead of him on a coastal stroll because her scent was ‘affecting my pheromones’.

Asked about the revelations, Mr Cameron said he ‘didn’t recall that conversation’ but added: ‘Look if someone wrote down all your banter in private over the years there are probably going to be a few bits and pieces..’

He tells Times Radio: ‘Of course it’s kind of embarrassing when you have things you say and do in private splashed all over the place and of course you’d rather that didn’t happen. 

‘But I suppose the truth is if you want respect for your privacy and people not questioning you character and private life and all the rest of it, then politics probably isn’t the career for you so you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.’  

The former Prime Minister (pictured on Monday), said he did not want details of his private life 'splashed all over the place' in an interview with Times Radio to be aired this morning.

The former Prime Minister (pictured on Monday), said he did not want details of his private life 'splashed all over the place' in an interview with Times Radio to be aired this morning.

The former Prime Minister (pictured on Monday), said he did not want details of his private life ‘splashed all over the place’ in an interview with Times Radio to be aired this morning.

Extracts from Sasha Swire's amazing tell-all diary reveal how David Cameron asked her not to walk ahead of him on a walk in Polzeath because her scent was 'affecting my pheromones'

Extracts from Sasha Swire's amazing tell-all diary reveal how David Cameron asked her not to walk ahead of him on a walk in Polzeath because her scent was 'affecting my pheromones'

Extracts from Sasha Swire’s amazing tell-all diary reveal how David Cameron asked her not to walk ahead of him on a walk in Polzeath because her scent was ‘affecting my pheromones’

Sasha Swire, the wife of former Tory MP Sir Hugo Swire (pictured together in 2011), will reveal her experiences inside the world of politics in her new book .

Sasha Swire, the wife of former Tory MP Sir Hugo Swire (pictured together in 2011), will reveal her experiences inside the world of politics in her new book .

Sasha Swire, the wife of former Tory MP Sir Hugo Swire (pictured together in 2011), will reveal her experiences inside the world of politics in her new book .

Killer political quips 

  • George Osborne, former Chancellor: Looked like a ‘­caddish extra on Downton Abbey’. Pasty tax showed he was ‘too clever to be sensible’. 
  • Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary: Arrived at a meeting ‘looking like he usually looks, sweaty, just out of the gym and wanting to kill people’.
  • Matt Hancock, Health Secretary: ‘Particularly disingenuous. Quite an actor that one.’ 
  • Esther McVey, former Work and Pensions Minister: ‘More ladette than lady.’ 
  • Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister in Cameron government: ‘Fagin-like, villainous-looking with tight little weasel eyes.’ 
  • William Hague former Foreign Secretary: He was ‘foolish’ to issue a statement about the ‘gynaecological secrets’ of wife Ffion in response to unsubstantiated ‘gay rumours’ about him. Hague is ‘only ever interested in himself, his ministers are gnat bites on his ankles, or so he makes them feel’. 
  • Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary: Tells Sir Hugo he was fed up with his wife’s vegan cooking, so was thrilled to find a ham and chicken bake in the oven. He ‘gobbled it down lustily, and when his wife came home she asked where the dog’s food was’. 
  • John Bercow, former House of Commons Speaker: He is ‘a little weasel, creepy, revolting, little goblin, gripped by his own smug sanctity, dislikes Hugo’. 
  • Donald Trump: ‘A filthy, racist misogynist’. 
John Bercow is 'a little weasel, creepy'

John Bercow is 'a little weasel, creepy'

John Bercow is ‘a little weasel, creepy’

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In the book, Lady Swire says her husband Sir Hugo Swire and Cameron were ‘laughing uproariously’ about the size of the private parts of certain Tories, including Gove, at a birthday party for George Osborne in the Chancellor’s No11 flat.

Gove’s manhood was ‘like a slinky that comes down the stairs before the rest of the body,’ said Sir Hugo. Cameron thought this ‘hilarious’. 

She claims Cameron liked her, ‘because I am not remotely nervous around him. I’m cheeky, occasionally lewd and sometimes a little too challenging’.   

Extracts from the tell-all diary reveal how the Conservative Prime Minister asked Mr Swire’s wife not to walk ahead of him on a coastal path in Polzeath because her scent was ‘affecting my pheromones’. 

Writing about the alleged incident, which Mrs Swire claims occurred in August 2011 on a three-day break to Cornwall, she claims: ‘At one point, on the coastal path, he (David Cameron) asks me not to walk ahead of him. ‘Why?’ I ask, and he says: ‘Because that scent you are wearing is affecting my pheromones. It makes me want to grab you and push you into the bushes and give you one!’ 

‘This is not flirting by the prime minister. This is probably lewdness. But hell, I’m so starved of masculine interest at my age it made me smile.’ 

Mrs Swire’s book Diary of an MP’s Wife: Inside and Outside Power, which is being serialised in The Times, also recounts a dinner in Dorneywood, the Chancellor’s country house, where Mr Cameron shares anecdotes about foreign leaders including ‘the Sarkozys’ fake marital displays’ and Italian premier Berlusconi’s two-way mirror.

‘I sit next to Dave at dinner. He gives us wonderful vignettes of the Sarkozys’ fake marital displays and of being given a tour around Rome’s equivalent of No 10 by Berlusconi,’ she writes. 

‘When they come to his bedroom he points at a Renaissance two-way mirror above the bed and with his characteristic grin says, ‘Well, they didn’t have porn channels in those days, did they?”

Mrs Swire, who worked as a journalist before taking on the role of political researcher for her husband’s office from 2001 to 2009, offers a candid account of life as an MP’s wife and lifts the lid on the inner Tory circles thanks to the secret diary she kept for 20 years. 

Mrs Swire, the daughter of former Defence Secretary Sir John Nott, also reveals how only ‘ten per cent’ of politics was ‘above the surface’ and there were many others, including the wives of MPs and civil servants, who were all a part of the equation. 

Writing about the alleged incident in Cornwall in August 2011, Mrs Swire: 'At one point, on the coastal path, he (David Cameron) asks me not to walk ahead of him. "Why?" I ask, and he says: "Because that scent you are wearing is affecting my pheromones. It makes me want to grab you and push you into the bushes and give you one!"'

Writing about the alleged incident in Cornwall in August 2011, Mrs Swire: 'At one point, on the coastal path, he (David Cameron) asks me not to walk ahead of him. "Why?" I ask, and he says: "Because that scent you are wearing is affecting my pheromones. It makes me want to grab you and push you into the bushes and give you one!"'

Writing about the alleged incident in Cornwall in August 2011, Mrs Swire: ‘At one point, on the coastal path, he (David Cameron) asks me not to walk ahead of him. ‘Why?’ I ask, and he says: ‘Because that scent you are wearing is affecting my pheromones. It makes me want to grab you and push you into the bushes and give you one!” Pictured, the PM in Cornwall in 2014

David and Samantha drinking coffee at the Surfside Cafe in Polzeath, Cornwall, in 2014 - on what was the family's fifteenth holiday since moving into Downing Street

David and Samantha drinking coffee at the Surfside Cafe in Polzeath, Cornwall, in 2014 - on what was the family's fifteenth holiday since moving into Downing Street

David and Samantha drinking coffee at the Surfside Cafe in Polzeath, Cornwall, in 2014 – on what was the family’s fifteenth holiday since moving into Downing Street

In her book, Mrs Swire goes on to question the condemnation former Prime Minister David Cameron received for his resignation honours list, asking why the politician was called out for listing his cronies if he wanted to.  

Her comments come years after Mr Cameron came under fire from senior Conservatives for his resignation honours list of gongs for his friends and allies in 2016. The list of of 48 recommendations included a gong for Isabel Spearman, a personal aide to Samantha Cameron.

Mrs Swire first decided to email the extracts of her diary to a literary agent after her husband stood down in 2019. Within three weeks she found herself signing a non-fiction book deal and becoming a debut author. 

She states in a preface to her book that she had never intended to publish her diaries because it would have been a ‘betrayal’ of her family and friends, adding that some of her entries ‘might offend without meaning to’. 

She changed her mind because ‘it is always men who write history’. 

Old Etonion Sir Hugo was MP for East Devon from 2001-2009 and also served as minister for the foreign office. He left the Commons on November 6, 2019. 

  • Diary Of An MP’s Wife, by Sasha Swire, is published by Little, Brown £20. © Sasha Swire 2020.

… and Boris ‘knocks back cheapo plonk’ 

Lady Swire recalls how Boris Johnson drank cheap wine ‘at an alarming rate’ during a dinner at No 10 Downing Street.

It happened in August last year when her husband Sir Hugo Swire told the Prime Minister that he was retiring as an MP at the 2019 general election.

Lady Swire tells how she watched Mr Johnson as he ‘stuffs in more mouthfuls and knocks back the cheapo plonk at an alarming rate’.

She describes how she looked at his ‘pale, sweaty face’ and he looked back ‘as if he is working out if I’m shaggable’, adding: ‘He’d probably do the same if a sheep walked in the room.’ She describes Mr Johnson as ‘cheeky’, ‘flippant’, ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘bombastic’.

Lady Swire says that Mr Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds, whom she refers to as his ‘hot young vixen’, was not at the dinner because she had ‘p***** off to Greece, apparently’. This ‘disappointed’ Lady Swire’s husband, ‘who thought he might get to sit next to her’.

Lady Swire adds: ‘For all his hinterland and hot young vixen and his agile mind, Boris just came across as someone who is desperately lonely and unhappy.’

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Stocks in Tesla Inc tumbled more than seven percent as markets opened on Wednesday after CEO Elon Musk failed to impress with his promise to cut electric vehicle costs at the much awaited ‘Battery Day’ event on Tuesday.

Investors slashed $50 billion from Tesla Inc’s market value on Tuesday after Musk admitted it would be at least three years before it will cut electric vehicle costs so radically that a $25,000 car that drives itself will be possible.

Tesla’s market cap dropped $20 billion in just two hours after trading closed Tuesday, as Musk and other Tesla executives presented their new battery and manufacturing strategies. 

Shares closed down 5.6 percent and had dropped another 6.9 percent after hours. They opened Wednesday at 5.4 percent and had dropped to 7.45 percent just after 11.30am ET. 

‘Nothing Musk discussed about batteries is a done deal,’ said Roth Capital Partners analyst Craig Irwin. ‘There was nothing tangible.’

The dip in share price came as Tesla’s internal systems went down and some customer connectivity features were not accessible on Wednesday morning.  

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The outage appeared around 11am ET, with some Tesla owners saying they could not connect to their car through the mobile app.

Sources told Electrek that Tesla’s internal systems are also down, making it impossible to process deliveries and orders. 

According to Down Detector,  the outage is stretching across the US and over into parts of Europe. 

Investors had expected two significant announcements at Musk’s oft-touted ‘Battery Day’: The development of a ‘million mile’ battery good for 10 years or more, and a specific cost reduction target – expressed in dollars per kilowatt-hour – that would finally drop the price of an electric vehicle below that of a gasoline car. 

Musk offered neither. Instead, he promised over the next several years to slash battery costs in half with new technology and processes and deliver an ‘affordable’ electric car. 

‘In three years . . . we can do a $25,000 car that will be basically on par (with), maybe slightly better than, a comparable gasoline car,’ Musk said. 

Investors slashed $50 billion from Tesla Inc's TSLA.O market value on Tuesday after Musk admitted it would be at least three years before it will cut electric vehicle costs so radically that a $25,000 car that drives itself will be possible. Musk is pictured above on Tuesday

Investors slashed $50 billion from Tesla Inc's TSLA.O market value on Tuesday after Musk admitted it would be at least three years before it will cut electric vehicle costs so radically that a $25,000 car that drives itself will be possible. Musk is pictured above on Tuesday

Investors slashed $50 billion from Tesla Inc’s TSLA.O market value on Tuesday after Musk admitted it would be at least three years before it will cut electric vehicle costs so radically that a $25,000 car that drives itself will be possible. Musk is pictured above on Tuesday 

Meanwhile, The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq retreated on Wednesday as data showed domestic business activity nudged down in September, while a record high for Nike following a strong quarterly earnings report boosted the blue-chip Dow.

Data from IHS Markit showed gains at factories were offset by a retreat at services industries in September, suggesting a loss of momentum in the economy as the third quarter draws to a close.

Bets of a stable economic rebound from a pandemic-driven recession, combined with historic fiscal and monetary stimulus, had driven a rally in the three main U.S. stock indexes since March.

However, doubts over the next coronavirus relief bill as well as a selloff in heavyweight technology-related stocks have weighed on investor sentiment this month, with Wall Street favorites including Facebook Inc, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc bearing the brunt of the losses.

‘It’s just this constant push-and-pull in the face of uncertainty where we’re waiting on information about the election, earnings and stimulus,’ said Thomas Hayes, managing member at Great Hill Capital LLC in New York.

The Tesla outage appeared around 11am ET, with some Tesla owners saying they cannot connect to their car through the mobile app. According to Down Detector, the outage is stretching across the US and over into parts of Europe

The Tesla outage appeared around 11am ET, with some Tesla owners saying they cannot connect to their car through the mobile app. According to Down Detector, the outage is stretching across the US and over into parts of Europe

The Tesla outage appeared around 11am ET, with some Tesla owners saying they cannot connect to their car through the mobile app. According to Down Detector, the outage is stretching across the US and over into parts of Europe

Seven of the 11 major S&P indexes were down in morning trading, with energy leading declines. Industrial stocks were among the biggest gainers.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 70.47 points, or 0.26 percent, at 27,358.65. The S&P 500, however, was down 2.26 points, or 0.07 percent, at 3,313.31, while the Nasdaq Composite was down 46.23 points, or 0.42 percent, at 10,917.41.

‘When the Dow outperforms the Nasdaq, it’s telling you that the market believes the reopening (and) vaccines are on track, and that’s going to help the type of large industrial stocks,’ Hayes said.

Nike Inc surged 9.7 percent to a record high as its digital sales, especially in North America, helped offset a fall in sales at traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

Oracle Corp fell 1 per cent after a report by a state-backed Chinese newspaper said Beijing was unlikely to approve a proposed deal by the software maker and Walmart for ByteDance’s TikTok.

Travel-related stocks including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises rose more than 1 percent after being hammered earlier this week.

Johnson & Johnson gained 1.3 percent after kicking off a final 60,000-person trial of a single-shot COVID-19 vaccine that potentially would simplify distribution of millions of doses, compared with leading rivals using two doses.

Advancing issues nearly matched decliners on the NYSE and the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded three new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 23 new highs and 10 new lows. 

Tesla on Tuesday also introduced a new Model S Plaid, a 520-mile range sedan that can reach top speeds of up to 320kph, with deliveries starting in 2021. The Plaid was listed on Tesla’s website on Tuesday at a price of nearly $140,000. It won’t be available outside of the U.S. 

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No room for granny? Lockdown Christenings limited to just SIX people – including baby and the vicar

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Parents having their children baptised face an agonising decision over having grandparents present after Christenings were limited to just six people. 

Downing Street confirmed today that the Christian rite of faith will be subject to the Rule of Six. 

The decision has been taken despite weddings being allowed to go ahead with 15 guests from Monday and funerals allowed up to 30 mourners.

The decision will leave some parents in a quandary. The baby is included in the total, plus a priest. 

If both parents are present that could leave only two more places to cover godparents and grandparents – or any other friends and family they wish to have present. 

The Church of England website suggests those being baptised should have ‘at least three’ godparents, although the parents can take up two of those roles, plus one other. 

But the rules only cover standalone ceremonies. The majority take place as part of regular Sunday services.

Under separate rules these are allowed to be attended by more than six people as long as they are in groups of no more than six, and are socially distanced. 

Downing Street confirmed today that the Christian rite of faith will be subject to the Rule of Six

Downing Street confirmed today that the Christian rite of faith will be subject to the Rule of Six

Downing Street confirmed today that the Christian rite of faith will be subject to the Rule of Six

The rule change comes days after Boris Johnson (pictured today) had his own son baptised.

The rule change comes days after Boris Johnson (pictured today) had his own son baptised.

The rule change comes days after Boris Johnson (pictured today) had his own son baptised.

The Church of England has updated its guidance on Christenings to say: ‘Baptisms are possible providing appropriate steps are taken to minimise risk.

‘If the baptism is taking place as part of a regular act of worship the usual requirements for public worship apply.

‘From September 28, standalone life events will be subject to the ”rule of six” limits. 

‘We are seeking Government clarification on this and will update our guidance once detailed documentation is published.’

The rule change comes days after Boris Johnson had his own son baptised.  

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed 

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys

The Prime Minister and fiancee Carrie Symonds had Wilfred christened a Catholic, it was confirmed this week.

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12, conducted by Father Daniel Humphreys.

There was a small ceremony held in the cathedral’s Lady Chapel, according to The Daily Telegraph.

It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the Henry VII Lady Chapel, a 16th-century building which is the burial place of 15 monarchs including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and James I 

The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds, who has previously talked about her Catholic faith on social media, were reportedly holding Wilfred as he was baptised.

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Ocado tell 200 call centre staff who worked through lockdown they must move 250 miles to keep jobs 

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Up to 200 jobs are at risk in Ocado’s flagship call centre after the online supermarket announced staff will be expected to move to a new centre 250 miles away. 

Staff at their Hatfield Centre in Hertfordshire are being asked to relocate to Sunderland in Tyne and Wear.

Call centre workers claim they will either be forced to accept alternative lower paid logistics roles with Ocado, or face redundancy.   

Ocado insisted there ‘may be redundancies’ but their aim ‘is to keep as many people in our business as possible.’

The news comes in the wake of Ocado signing a £750 million deal with M&S, switching from their longstanding relationship with Waitrose. 

Ocado's Hatfield call centre in Hertfordshire (pictured) where staff were asked to relocate to Sunderland 250 miles away on Monday, leaving staff in tears and sparking a  mass walkout

Ocado's Hatfield call centre in Hertfordshire (pictured) where staff were asked to relocate to Sunderland 250 miles away on Monday, leaving staff in tears and sparking a  mass walkout

Ocado’s Hatfield call centre in Hertfordshire (pictured) where staff were asked to relocate to Sunderland 250 miles away on Monday, leaving staff in tears and sparking a  mass walkout

The online supermarket wants to move their call centre operations to their Tyne and Wear centre (pictured above)

The online supermarket wants to move their call centre operations to their Tyne and Wear centre (pictured above)

The online supermarket wants to move their call centre operations to their Tyne and Wear centre (pictured above) 

The company blindsighted staff with the announcement in a meeting at 2.40pm on Monday, leaving some staff in tears. 

Many of the staff affected worked for the online supermarket throughout the pandemic and the nationwide lockdown earlier this year. 

One call centre staff member, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘No one knew what was going on. We actually believed we would get a thank you for working during the pandemic. But that wasn’t the case.

‘There were people crying. There are people who have just started families, moved out of their parents, stuff like that, trying to get back to normal life, and then they go and drop this.  

Ocado say all those affected will be offered alternative logistics roles, but staff believe these will be lower paid 'picking and packing' jobs (pictured above, stock image), or delivery roles

Ocado say all those affected will be offered alternative logistics roles, but staff believe these will be lower paid 'picking and packing' jobs (pictured above, stock image), or delivery roles

Ocado say all those affected will be offered alternative logistics roles, but staff believe these will be lower paid ‘picking and packing’ jobs (pictured above, stock image), or delivery roles

The Ocado warehouse in Hatfield, which is over one million square feet, has been extremely busy as shoppers turn to online shopping as coronavirus restrictions tighten

The Ocado warehouse in Hatfield, which is over one million square feet, has been extremely busy as shoppers turn to online shopping as coronavirus restrictions tighten

The Ocado warehouse in Hatfield, which is over one million square feet, has been extremely busy as shoppers turn to online shopping as coronavirus restrictions tighten

‘We knew that the Sunderland contact centre was opening and we were always assured that our jobs would be safe. 

‘On the floor there was a feeling we would be told that there would be redundancies or job losses after Christmas, an extremely busy time, due to this new contact centre. 

‘But for them to do it mid pandemic, while the UK are scared there’s going to be a second wave and panic buying is going up, it was just dropped as a bombshell.’   

Calls from customers were left unanswered for up to an hour as staff came to terms with the news, while more than 200 live chats were reportedly waiting for responses on the centre’s live chat system.

Queries on social media were also left unanswered for up to 15 hours, where the usual target response time expected is said to be within 10 minutes.  

Hatfield has been the flagship Ocado Group call centre for 20 years. 

Staff were shocked that Ocado made the anouncement at such a busy time for the online supermarket, as more people turn to online shopping as coronavirus restrictions tighten and fears of panic buying spread.

The announcement comes in the wake of a £750 million deal between Ocado and M&S, which launched on September 1 and sparked an online shopping frenzy

The announcement comes in the wake of a £750 million deal between Ocado and M&S, which launched on September 1 and sparked an online shopping frenzy

The announcement comes in the wake of a £750 million deal between Ocado and M&S, which launched on September 1 and sparked an online shopping frenzy

It also follows the launch of the M&S Ocado partnership which launched on September 1, with demand outstripping even the stockpiling frenzy in March.  

Ocado’s £750m tie-up with Marks & Spencer

M&S signed a £750 million deal in 2019 to own half of Ocado’s retail business and launched its products on the delivery website in September 2020. 

Ocado revealed that the switch from Waitrose to M&S led to a surge in its shares, as well as a significant rise in sales.

The online grocer had its busiest-ever day for orders when the M&S partnership launched on September 1, with demand outstripping even the stockpiling frenzy in March.

Average shopper baskets grew by about five items since the switch and shares in Ocado also hit a record high amid the new partnership.

The move marked the end of a 20-year partnership with Waitrose. 

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‘It was quite frustrating,’ added the Ocado worker. 

‘We came into work during the pandemic and helped them make money. 

‘They have profited from this pandemic, and all the internal emails were all “Ocado is doing great, we’ve made this much, we’ve got all this stock, and a new venture with Marks & Spencers,” and then ‘”oh, we’re going to make you redundant”. 

‘They’ve made all this money but are still going to cut costs by getting rid of 200 people.’

Ocado inisited that there would be no overall change in their staff headcount and that everyone affected will be offered other roles at Ocado. 

Call centre staff believe these are likely to be ‘picking and packing’ or delivery driving jobs.

They say they are concerned these positions are lower paid than their current call centre positions. 

 ‘What the other roles would be wasn’t announced to us on Monday, but it’s likely to be picking and packing and driving jobs, which are a lot less money,’ the cell celntre worker added.

‘It’s a huge reduction in wage. In Sunderland the wage is only £19,200 instead of almost £24,000 that we’re on.

‘I know a few people who have accepted Sunderland roles and they have been dropped. 

‘I think then they can get away with when they want to employ more people in Sunderland to keep the headcount the same.’

A spokesperson for Ocado said: ‘Over the last few months, we have been reviewing our Contact Centre operations to ensure we continue to offer the best customer service.

‘As part of this review, it has been determined that the Contact Centre operations would be more effective if they were operated from a single location.

‘On this basis, we are proposing that our Hatfield Contact Centre close, and the roles transfer to our existing purpose-built contact centre in Sunderland. 

‘The proposal will keep the overall headcount the same, but have the entire contact service operation operate under one roof.

‘Should the proposal go ahead, all Hatfield Contact Centre colleagues would be offered a relocation package to Sunderland, or have the option to be redeployed into other Ocado Logistics roles. 

‘In the event that a colleague chooses not to take these options, there may be redundancies although our ultimate aim is to keep as many people in our business as possible.’

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