By Claire West

Commenting on Lord Young’s departure, Alexander Ehmann, Head of Parliamentary Affairs, said:

“Lord Young had a clear vision for the UK’s business environment and was one of the few politicians willing to grapple with the politically sensitive, but critical, issues of health and safety and employment law reform.

“The real risk with Lord Young’s resignation is that his most recent task as the Prime Minister’s Enterprise ‘Tsar’ will be shelved. Asked to look at the barriers to growth that small and medium-sized businesses face, Lord Young was well placed to offer a welcome injection of enterprise culture into government policy-making.”

He added:

“Central to those reforms would have been some long overdue improvements to the UK’s employment laws. The Prime Minister must ensure that Lord Young’s review is still undertaken, and by someone with authority to see through these vital changes to the UK’s labour market.”