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Eastern European migrants allegedly earning less than the legal minimum wage are delivering Conservative Party leaflets in a key marginal constituency.
Despite conducting a high-profile campaign calling for tough controls on immigration, the Tories are using a company employing low-paid foreigners to distribute campaign literature.
Staff delivering the leaflets in the prosperous Richmond Park constituency in south-west London claim they are earning £4 an hour - compared with the statutory minimum of £4.85.
Geoff Martin, a union organiser in south-west London, said the situation exposed the "rank hypocrisy" of the Conservative Party. "There they are, campaigning against immigration and the only way they can get election literature distributed is through an agency employing eastern Europeans, potentially earning less than the national minimum wage. The fact that they can't deliver their own literature, says a lot for the Conservative Party today. "
Sasha Srdanovic, a Yugoslav immigrant and distribution manager at London Letterbox, the company used by the Conservatives, confirmed that eastern Europeans had been employed.