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  • The Cost of Uncertainty

    The Cost of Uncertainty

    By Karen Landles Our economic trends since Brexit have been better than expected. Consumers are spending, seemingly fed up of austerity. So why then is the market holding back, showing such uncertainty?  Since Brexit we have seen a falling pound, a resilient pound, a Pound fighting back. From the time results started to come through... Read More »Read More »
  • Mutual Guarantee Societies Bill

    Mutual Guarantee Societies Bill

    Mutual Guarantee Societies Bill - Co-op and Labour principles in action to help small businesses By Philip Ross In a changing economy, with a rise in self-employment and small business how can we help people gain security and where possible grow and develop their business ideas? Britain is after all, renowned as a nation of... Read More »Read More »
  • Tribute to Sir Sigmund Sternberg

    Tribute to Sir Sigmund Sternberg

     Last year we were very sad to record the death of Sir Sigmund (“Sigi”) Sternberg.   Sigi was one of the original founders of Labour Business in 1972, and supported it throughout his life.   We publish an appreciation of his life by his son, Michael Sternberg QC. Sir Sigmund Sternberg (“Sigi”) – my father – who... Read More »Read More »
  • John McDonnell MP, Labour Business Annual Dinner 2016 Speech

    John McDonnell MP, Labour Business Annual Dinner 2016 Speech

    Key Points: John was the first speaker. His main points were as follows Last week in the Autumn Statement  two basic facts were masked by the high numbers namely the hole of £120b in the budget caused not by Brexit alone but by Governemnt mismanagement. Our own people have suffered for six years as a... Read More »Read More »
  • Clive Lewis MP speech at Labour Business Annual Dinner 2016

    Clive Lewis MP speech at Labour Business Annual Dinner 2016

    Good evening everyone, it’s a pleasure to be here this evening. It’s been…shall we call it…an interesting time …to take on the role of Shadow Business Secretary. Unless you’ve just emerged from cryogenic suspended animation – which given the weather out there is quite possible – you could not but have noticed that we’re are... Read More »Read More »
  • Welcome to the Annual Labour Business Dinner of 2016!

    Welcome to the Annual Labour Business Dinner of 2016!

    Hamish Sandison, chair of Labour Business – Full introduction to Labour Business Annual Dinner 2016. Welcome to our members, our guests, our Parliamentarians. In addition to our speakers,, we’re very pleased to be joined by a number of MPs Now… it’s traditional on these occasions to look back on the past year.   On this occasion… I... Read More »Read More »
  • Executive Committee member Rachel Burgin talks about Conference 2016

    Executive Committee member Rachel Burgin talks about Conference 2016

    Labour Party Conference 2016 was perhaps the most significant conference for the party since 1985. The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader by such large margin will set the party’s direction for years – perhaps decades – to come. But the atmosphere on the Conference floor indicated that the mood among grassroots members was perhaps... Read More »Read More »
  • Labour Business supports statement condemning recent racists attacks

    Labour Business supports statement condemning recent racists attacks

    Labour Business wholeheartedly supports a recent statement tabled by the Society for Labour lawyers and agreed by the Socialist Societies condemning the shameful racist attacks that followed the European Referendum result. “The Society of Labour Lawyers condemns the racist and xenophobic attacks which have been reported to have taken place across the United Kingdom. Racially... Read More »Read More »
  • Britain at the heart of Europe is the only sensible choice

    Britain at the heart of Europe is the only sensible choice

    By Peter Droussiotis More than three months after the EU referendum in the United Kingdom was announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron and less than a month before the British people give their verdict and after countless debates, speeches, articles and commentary, there can be no doubt that the Leave campaign has completely run... Read More »Read More »
  • Responding to the tax debate

    Responding to the tax debate

    Labour’s response to the debate on tax avoidance should speak to fairness and social justice whilst being proportionate and pro-business. This would help to lay a path to the sort of ‘big tent” politics that could reach deep into a watchful middle England whilst at the same time re-connecting with voters north of the border.... Read More »Read More »
  • Let’s stamp out the idea that Labour is anti-business

    Let’s stamp out the idea that Labour is anti-business

    Stephen Kinnock MP and Hamish Sandison, Chair of Labour Business, outline how to bust the myth that Labour is anti-business. First published in Labour List, Thursday 13th May Last week, London was Boris Johnson’s London. This week, London is a changed city, a Labour London – Sadiq Khan’s London. There is much we can and should... Read More »Read More »
  • The £1.8 trillion question: what should a pro-business Labour Party sound like?

    The £1.8 trillion question: what should a pro-business Labour Party sound like?

    The scale of Labour’s election loss in May came as a shock to many of us, myself included. But in retrospect, the polls had warned us that Labour substantially trailed the Conservatives on economic competence for much of the last parliament. That simply meant voters were loath to hand us stewardship of the UK economy,... Read More »Read More »
  • Co-creation: the new economic model 

    Co-creation: the new economic model 

    As the centre-left business community comes to terms with the scale of Labour’s defeat, it seems that a new vigour and optimism is returning.   We know how to create jobs and growth. We’ve done it all our lives. And it’s not merely a matter of Labour ‘getting’ business. It’s time for Labour Business to... Read More »Read More »
  • A crisis of confidence in the European project

    A crisis of confidence in the European project

    Greece is in a mess primarily because successive Greek governments failed to take the tough measures necessary to modernise the country’s economy and institutions. If the country was not in the eurozone then it could have taken radical steps of its own to correct mistakes of the past just as the United Kingdom did following... Read More »Read More »
  • A Dynamic Rebalanced Economy Supporting Strong Public Finances

    A Dynamic Rebalanced Economy Supporting Strong Public Finances

    A BETTER PLAN FOR BUSINESS: A Dynamic, Rebalanced Economy with Strong Public Finances The first day of the 2015 general election campaign saw Ed Miliband launch Labour’s compelling Plan for British Business at Bloomberg’s in London. His overarching vision is one where our business sector succeeds when working people succeed. Focusing on the great strengths... Read More »Read More »
  • Welsh Labour Supporting Our Dairy Farmers

    Welsh Labour Supporting Our Dairy Farmers

    Our dairy industry is facing real challenges. For several years there has been volatility in the farmgate milk price and a general increase in the cost of production, such that the margin on milk has been small and variable. This situation has led to a lack of confidence, resulting in low investment in farm infrastructure... Read More »Read More »
  • Labour the Party for Innovators and Business

    Labour the Party for Innovators and Business

    Forget the Coalition’s rhetoric – Wales is a Labour success story with innovation and long-term thinking at its heart. The Welsh Government headed by Carwyn Jones AM shows the rest of our Labour family how to run a successful government in times of austerity and spiteful cuts from Whitehall. Labour must not forget that it... Read More »Read More »
  • LFIG Campaigning Hard in 2015 Key Seats

    LFIG Campaigning Hard in 2015 Key Seats

    This week I went along to a debate on the economy organised by the Labour Party, an opportunity to hear Chuka set out the business growth plans for a Labour Government. It was a clear, economically sensible and value driven strategy for wealth creation, a much needed alternative to austerity, which has failed every test... Read More »Read More »
  • Empower Creative Young People through Political Engagement

    Empower Creative Young People through Political Engagement

    Are young people interested in politics? An important question as they are the future. We still need to work on increasing the number of politically active young people, as shown by Labour shadow cabinet member Ivan Lewis. I think young people are actually more interested in public issues and current affairs than is commonly supposed.... Read More »Read More »
  • Editorial: On Course…for the Rocks

    Editorial: On Course…for the Rocks

    The Chancellor declared in his Autumn Statement that Britain was on course for a budget surplus, growth and national recovery. Yet at the outset he had staked his credibility on removing the deficit within this Parliament. Not only has the government failed in this overarching goal, but the deficit is unlikely to be eliminated until... Read More »Read More »
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