THE Tories unveiled a host of figures from the world of big business yesterday to make up a new government advisory panel on the economy and EU.
Chief executives from EasyJet, Asda, BP and Rolls-Royce are among the 15-strong board which will meet quarterly from this autumn.
Ministers claim it will “act as a sounding board” for policies and cover Tory attempts to “renegotiate” Britain’s relationship with the EU.
Communist Party general secretary Rob Griffiths blasted: “This is an open admission that British domestic and EU policy is formulated entirely in the interests of big business.
“This provides yet another reason why the trade union movement and the left needs to campaign against continued membership of the EU.”
Welcoming his own appointment, Asda boss Andy Clarke smarmed: “I know how important the customer is to business success … after all Britain is a nation of shopkeepers.”