Wed. Jan 27th, 2021

Tory manifesto receives muted welcome from business leaders

Focus on skills and infrastructure seen as positive amid fears Brexit could stymie growth

Business leaders gave the Tory manifesto a muted welcome, saying that its limited focus on skills, infrastructure and research were positive steps but cautioning that the wrong Brexit deal could hinder growth for a generation.

The Conservatives’ modest spending plans, amounting to £2.9bn a year against £82.9bn for Labour and £62.9bn for the Lib Dems, were viewed as “a pro-enterprise vision” by business representatives. But in other sectors such as the NHS proposals drew a more muted response.

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