Unemployed British told to get on their bikes and find work on a farm with 'gorgeous' European women
A Conservative MP has said young people should "get on their bikes" and take farming jobs where they can work with "loads of gorgeous EU women".
Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, told a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference in Manchester that British youngsters needed to show the same motivation as low-skilled workers from elsewhere in Europe.
"I was struggling to think why wouldn't a youngster from Glasgow without a job come down to the south to work for a farm for the summer with loads of gorgeous EU women working there?" he said.
"What's not to like? Get on your bike and find a job."
He added: "We need to mobilise our core of unemployed to say there is a job there for me, let's go and get it just as the very well-motivated Bucharest youngster gets a coach across Europe to find a job."
Mr Mackinlay later said that his "flippant" remarks had been misquoted and that he had been making the point that people in the UK should be more willing to move to find work.
However his reported comments were condemned by Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine.
"These remarks are as misogynistic as they are ignorant. It seems the spirit of Norman Tebbit is still running the Conservative Party," she said.