Northern Ireland

Razor's edge: DUP in cost of blades motion

Image caption The cost of shaving has been criticised by DUP MPs

The DUP are worried about the cost of shaving.

Three of their MPs have criticised the price of men's razor blade cartridges.

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell, South Antrim MP Willie McCrea and David Simpson have backed a Commons call for the pricing to be examined.

The Early Day Motion notes "the exorbitant increase in the retail price of men's razor blade cartridges where in three years the price has increased in some cases by almost 100%".

The MPs have called on the Office of Fair Trading and consumer bodies to investigate the sector.

They said "it has been reported that the production costs per cartridge are in pence, while marketing, packaging and profiteering are resulting in margins of around a 1,000%, with an eight-cartridge pack currently retailing at many outlets at approximately £22".

The motion is an Early Day Motion which means it will not be debated.