INITIAL COMMENT ON GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME

Congratulating the Prime Minister on his election victory, as reported at 7.00am, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: 

“Restoring business, investor and consumer confidence – and firing up the economy – must now be the Prime Minister’s top priority.  

“Campaign slogans must give way to a renewed focus on the details that matter. Our business communities need to see swift, decisive action to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the EU and to tackle the barriers holding back investment and growth here in the UK.” 

Businesses’ priorities for the new government include: 

·        Avoiding a no-deal exit from the EU and delivering a smooth transition giving firms time to prepare. 

·        Acting rapidly to reform business rates and replace them with a fairer system. 

·        Pressing ahead with improvements to transport infrastructure including HS2,Nothern Powerhouse Rail and additional capacity at Heathrow. 

·        Investing in our skills base and reforming the Apprenticeships Levy so that more small firms can access high-quality training locally, at affordable cost. 

·        Delivering a sensible immigration system that gives firms access to essential overseas talent at all levels. 

Warren Ward, Director of Policy & International Trade added:
 
Outside of Merseyside there has been a significant sway away from the Labour Party after losing a string of former strongholds across the country - They have some serious conversations ahead about the future direction of their party.
 
Jeremy Corbyn has stated he will not lead Labour into another General Election. The Labour Party have big bridges to build with businesses and our communities - We hope to see this over the next few months. 
 
Our community remains open to working with all parties in the interests of our economy and local people. With the Conservatives holding the reins, they need to act quickly to restore unity.
 
As a Chamber, we congratulate Wirral’s MPs on their re-elections. Alison McGovern MP, Margaret Greenwood MP and Angela Eagle MP have all been returned to the commons by Wirral constituents. 
 
We welcome the newly elected MP, Mick Whitley. We have lots of work to do in transforming the local community in Birkenhead and Mick, like all our MP’s will be key partners in our mission. 
 
On a final note, we extend our thanks to the Rt.Hon Frank Field who lost his seat in this general election after 40+years of representing Birkenhead. We thank him for his service to Wirral and the UK. 

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