The Conservatives will ban the sale of journalism internships and other placements at top firms after admitting that the move designed to raise party funds was “badly misjudged”, according to Mail Online.
The National Union of Journalists branded the practice “disgusting” earlier this month, saying that internships “should be open to all, not the preserve of a wealthy few”, after it emerged that a two-week work experience at Tatler magazine had raised £4,000 at a recent Conservative party bash.
Last year, a work experience placement at Conde Nast reportedly went for £3,700 at another Conservative party fundraiser.
The union has launched a campaign to make publishers offer backdated payment for unpaid internships.
The initiative follows a judgment in 2009 which recognised that an intern is entitled to the national minimum wage – £232 for a 40-hour week – whether or not they have agreed to work for nothing.