Business leaders welcome snap General Election

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has called a snap General Election to be held on July 4.

In the pouring rain outside 10 Downing Street and in constant danger of being drowned out by protestors outside the gates of the famous London address, Sunak appealed to voters to stick with his Government’s plan.

During the somewhat chaotic speech, he said he is guided by what is right, not by what is easy.

He added: “I can’t say the same thing for the Labour Party because I don’t know what they offer. And in truth I don’t think you know either.

“And that’s because they have no plan. There is no bold action. And as a result the future can only be uncertain with them.

“On the 5th of July, either Keir Starmer or I will be Prime Minister. He has shown time and time again that he will take the easy way out and do anything to get power.

“If he was happy to abandon all the promises he made to become leader leader once he got the job, how can you know that he won’t do exactly the same thing if he were to become Prime Minister?”

Business leaders across the East Midlands were quick to react to the news.

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Confirmation that the General Election will be held on 4th July is something we welcome as a politically uncertain environment can hinder planning and decision-making for businesses. Regardless of who is in power, we’re clear in the East Midlands of the policy reform that we need to see to enable business growth.

“For too long our region has been overlooked when it comes to investment, despite the fantastic businesses we have here and our status as a Centre of Trading Excellence – making, moving and innovating the goods and services that make our country tick. Earlier this year we went to Westminster to present our asks directly to the government in our Manifesto for Growth 2024.

“The Manifesto is the direct result of what businesses have been telling us they need from the next UK Government and provides a clear blueprint for the things that would support our growth and success. The document details specific policy asks across four key areas – People and Skills, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Planning, Taxation and Regulation.

“We look forward to continuing our conversations with all of those standing to represent communities in the East Midlands over the coming weeks and ensuring they understand the ways that, if successful, they can support our local businesses to deliver the growth and success that the whole country wants to see.”