I raised concerns on the Trade Union Bill when it was debate in Parliament.
Joan Ryan (Enfield North) (Lab): Does the hon. Gentleman agree that trade unionists are real people, and that it is not only trade unionists who object to the Bill? The Government have significantly failed to secure any substantial employer support for these proposals, and many public and private sector employees object vociferously to the Bill and see it as completely unnecessary.
Chris Stephens: The last time I looked in the mirror, yes, I am a real person, like many other trade unionists in this country.
I am pleased that Labour amendments seek to restrict the application of provisions relating to facility time and check-off, and they will get our support. Once again, alongside the principled and substantive arguments that will no doubt be presented, it will come out that there is no mandate across the public sector for the Bill.