Setting out what business wants to see over the next five years, IoD director general Simon Walker spoke to Christian May, head of campaigns, about issues from tax cuts and devolution to the Labour leadership contest
The result of the general election caught most people off guard. Businesses and politicians were preparing themselves for a few weeks of uncertainty and plenty of backroom negotiations. But in the end, the Conservatives crept over the finishing line to win a small majority.
The ministerial appointments followed, with business getting a new business secretary in former City banker and culture secretary Sajid Javid – and David Cameron’s top team are already putting together their programme for the next five years.
It’s a vital time for business. We already know some of what’s going to be on the government’s agenda. They’ve promised to cut the deficit, hold a referendum on Europe, bring immigration down, raise income tax thresholds and unleash a wave of devolution across the country.
Business leaders had an important voice in the election campaign – with the parties desperate for the endorsements of big hitters – but now is when the real action starts, as policies are drawn up and decisions begin to be made.
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