Unite: Social Mobility Commission resignations show May’s Brexit approach and inequality go hand-in-hand

Unite has slammed Theresa May for being a “zombie leader paralysed by Brexit”, after the Social Mobility Commission’s board resigned en masse.

Commission chairman Alan Milburn, who stood down with three of his colleagues on Sunday (December 3), blamed the government’s Brexit approach for the lack of progress in the fight to reduce inequality.

Panel members of the government commission – including Tory grandee Baroness Shephard – resigned in protest over Theresa May’s abject failure to deliver on her promise to address the “burning injustices” of inequality.

It was a humiliating blow for May, who pledged to make “a fairer Britain” during her first speech as Prime Minister in 2016.

Milburn said the government’s handling of Brexit means it does not have “the necessary bandwidth to ensure the rhetoric of healing social division is matched with the reality”.

Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Even if Theresa May’s pledge to deal with the ‘burning injustices’ of our society were not just empty rhetoric, the Prime Minister is a zombie leader paralysed by Brexit.

“Instead of dealing with the inequality that helped prompt the vote to leave the EU, she is being led by a hard-right band of ideologues who wish to increase it by turning post-Brexit Britain into a low-tax low-regulation haven that only serves the needs of the few.”