Leadership 2015

We asked the candidates: How will you bust the myth that Labour is anti-business?

Hamish Sandison, LFIG Chair

Hamish Sandison, LFIG Chair

The Labour Finance and Industry Group (LFIG) has asked the Leadership and Deputy Leadership candidates how they will "bust the myth that Labour is an anti-business party".

It’s clear to our members, and from subsequent polling, that Labour was perceived to be an anti-business party at the General Election, and that this perception contributed to our defeat. This remains a burning issue that the Party must tackle head on. That's why LFIG has asked the candidates to explain how they will turn around that perception. The statements we have published below are essential reading for all those voting in the leadership elections, and for all those in the wider business community who want to know where Labour is heading on this crucial issue.

LFIG is not going to endorse any candidate, and we look forward to working with the winning candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader, whoever they are. To win the next election, our common task over the next 5 years will be to develop the relationships, the policies, and the language to reinforce Labour's commitment to a pro-business agenda - in favour of jobs, sustainable economic growth and wider prosperity for all. The publication of these statements is the first step on that journey.

LFIG Chair Hamish Sandison, 8 August 2015

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Leadership Candidates

  • Statement by Liz Kendall

    Statement by Liz Kendall

    Leadership Election 2015 Labour needs to be as passionate about creating wealth as we are about spreading it. Too often during the last election people felt that, while we had plenty to say about greed at the very top and exploitation at the bottom, we did far too little to show we could be trusted... Read More »Read More »
  • Statement by Jeremy Corbyn

    Statement by Jeremy Corbyn

    Leadership Election 2015 My local authority is a living wage employer and extends that to all contractors – good for workers and the local economy, boosting spending in the borough’s businesses. Inequality is not just bad for those at the bottom, it is bad for the whole economy. It encourages speculation not innovation, and inhibits... Read More »Read More »
  • Statement by Yvette Cooper

    Statement by Yvette Cooper

    Leadership Election 2015 As Labour Leader, I want to reset our relationship with business. At the last election, people knew how we wanted to stop exploitation in the workplace, but not how we’d back our businesses to grow, to create more jobs and strengthen our economy.  This has to change.  I want to show how... Read More »Read More »
  • Statement by Andy Burnham

    Statement by Andy Burnham

    Leadership Election 2015 Business is the engine of growth. It makes possible our public services and is the innovative heart of our economy. My very first speech in this campaign was on the economy and business. I acknowledged that, despite many pro-growth policies, too many businesses looked at the Labour Party in recent years and... Read More »Read More »

Deputy Leadership Candidates

  • Statement by Tom Watson

    Statement by Tom Watson

    Deputy Leadership Election 2015 Pro-Business. Pro-Worker – A statement on the ‘busting the myth that Labour is an anti-business party’. The Labour Party needs to be pro-worker and pro-business. The two are not mutually exclusive. If you are not supporting business then you are not creating jobs. The challenge for the next Labour government will... Read More »Read More »
  • Statement by Caroline Flint

    Statement by Caroline Flint

    Deputy Leadership Election 2015 Six ways to bust the myth that Labour is anti-business. First, have people at the very top of our party who know the value of work.  As the daughter of a lone parent, I learned from an early age the importance of work and that businesses come in all shapes and... Read More »Read More »
  • Statement by Stella Creasy

    Statement by Stella Creasy

    Deputy Leadership Election 2015 I am standing to be Deputy Leader to help restore the fire and faith in our party – that as a movement of people who want to see a different world we can be part of making social justice and prosperity for all a reality. People in business clearly share concerns... Read More »Read More »
  • Statement by Ben Bradshaw

    Statement by Ben Bradshaw

    Deputy Leadership Election 2015 Our policies on business and, more importantly, how our relationship with business was perceived, were among Labour’s main failings over the last five years. I have lost count of the number of times Labour-supporting business people have said to me: “Why are you pushing us away? We want a Labour Government.... Read More »Read More »
  • Statement by Angela Eagle

    Statement by Angela Eagle

    Deputy Leadership Election 2015 As the party of working people Labour must have a strong relationship with the businesses that grow our economy and provide secure employment for their employees. The Tories will keep hammering the myth that our party is anti-business – as they did to great effect during the general election campaign. We... Read More »Read More »
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