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Keir Starmer to attack Boris Johnson’s lack of industrial strategy in speech to CBI

LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer will tell an annual gathering of business leaders today that Boris Johnson’s government has “no industrial strategy and no business plan.”

Addressing the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Birmingham, he is set to point out how fat contracts have been handed to the Tories’ friends during the coronavirus crisis.

“A company which employed a sitting Conservative MP received £133 million for test kits which had to be recalled because they didn’t work,” he is set to say.

“This isn’t magic money the Tories are wasting. It’s your money.”

He is also set to attack the Tories for having a “Get Brexit Done” campaign but no “Make Brexit Work” strategy for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The business leaders themselves are set to attack successive governments for neglecting some British regions “for decades.”

CBI director general Tony Danker is due to say that the country has suffered “deindustrialisation.”

“Since the 1980s, we let old industries die — offering little more than benign neglect for what got left behind,” his remarks read. “It was an economic policy that was ambivalent about levelling down.”

It will be Sir Keir’s second CBI annual conference as Labour leader.

Attacking Boris Johnson, he is set to say: “Trust matters in international negotiations, but with this Prime Minister that ingredient is missing. Instead, what we get is a series of pantomime disputes, which is no good for British business or for the British people.”

Sir Keir will also commit Labour to a business-friendly stance, with controls on spending.

“We absolutely don’t think that the solution to every problem is to throw cash at it,” his remarks say.


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