George Eustice
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Jobless scheme firms 'should show more backbone'

25 February 2012 Last updated at 12:22 GMT

Fast-food chain Burger King has become the latest firm to pull out of the government's controversial work experience scheme for jobless people.

It said it had registered to take on youngsters at its Slough headquarters but withdrew due to "public concerns".

Critics say the project is a form of "slave labour" because people work for nothing, while keeping their benefits.

Speaking to the BBC, Conservative MP George Eustice defended the scheme, and called on employers to "show a bit more backbone".