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Perspectives - Inside British Politics - December 2022

Labour Party Business Conference

The political backdrop

Labour’s Business Conference, held this week on Thursday 8 December, was the Party’s flagship business engagement event of the year, following on from an autumn party conference season that saw greatly increased business interest in the Labour Party.

The backdrop to the Business Conference is a Labour Party that is dominant in the polls, with the Opposition enjoying a 20-to-25-point lead over the Conservatives. However, with the next election at most just over two years away and with a dire economic picture facing the country, Labour is now seeking to reinforce the message that delivering economic growth and stability will be the central missions of the next Labour government.

The sold-out conference saw 350 senior business figures from across the UK come together in Canary Wharf to discuss Labour Party economic and business policy, hear various panels and keynote speeches and network with the more than 35 members of the shadow frontbench who attended. The conference focused ultimately on how economic growth can be delivered in a “fairer, greener” way, with Labour setting out their commitment to regional growth, supporting UK start-ups and working in close partnership with business to deliver these priorities.

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