* Ally of Polish PM Tusk urges boycott of UK retailer
* Cameron tells Tusk he did not mean to stigmatise Poles
WARSAW, Jan 8 A senior official in Poland's
governing coalition urged Poles on Wednesday to retaliate for
British Prime Minister David Cameron's remarks about Polish
migrants pocketing British welfare payments - by boycotting
The British retailer, which employs 30,000 people in Poland
and sells merchandise supplied by 1,500 Polish companies, sought
to distance itself from a diplomatic spat that has already drawn
in Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, saying that it dealt in
"retail, not politics".
That has not prevented it being targeted by Jan Bury, head
of the parliamentary faction of the Polish Peasants Party (PSL),
who was quoted by state news agency PAP as calling Cameron's
policies "unfriendly and scandalous towards Poland and Poles".
"As Poles, we can also say 'no' to Prime Minister Cameron
and his policies," Bury, a former deputy treasury minister,
said. "We call on Poles to boycott British retailer Tesco."
PSL is the junior partner in Tusk's governing coalition.
Cameron has said he wants new EU rules to limit access for
migrants to their host countries' welfare payments and pointed
to Poles, among the biggest migrant communities in Britain, as
an example of the potential abuse of rules.
HOT ELECTION ISSUE
Ahead of 2015 elections, Conservative Party leader Cameron
is under pressure to address voter concerns about immigration,
an issue that flared up again this month after restrictions
expired on Romanians and Bulgarians working in Britain.
Public unease about the inflow of migrants looks set to help
the anti-EU UKIP party eat into the Conservative vote in this
year's European parliament elections.
His spokesman later said it was "perfectly fair" for Cameron
to mention Poles since they had moved to Britain in larger
numbers than nationals from other new EU member states when they
joined the bloc in 2004.
Tusk said on Tuesday it was unacceptable to deny benefits to
any EU citizen on the grounds of nationality.
Poland's European Affairs Minister Piotr Serafin said on
Wednesday Cameron had assured Tusk in a telephone conversation
that he did not intend to "stigmatise" Poles. Serafin added that
Tusk was willing to discuss how to curb welfare benefits abuse.
Downing Street said both Cameron and Tusk had agreed to
"hold further bilateral discussions on how the UK and Poland can
work together to better manage the impact of intra-EU migration
on social security systems".