24 November 2017


Westminster update

CBI continues political engagement with key stakeholders including backbench MPs from the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.

Westminster update

As part of the CBI’s continued engagement programme backbench Parliamentarians, earlier this week CBI deputy director general, Josh Hardie met with MPs from the North West and the Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party parliamentary group, including Yvette Cooper MP and Caroline Flint MP.

Opening the North West Parliamentarians’ event, Labour’s Bill Esterson MP highlighted the importance of the government reaching a transition agreement with the EU through the ongoing negotiations to help protect people’s lives and living standards.

Mr Esterson’s fellow Parliamentarian and event co-sponsor, Conservative MP, Fiona Bruce, implored CBI members and businesses to make representations to their local elected representatives to bring about the improvements firms want to see in local infrastructure improvements, availability of skills and other issues affecting their business.

Find out more about the CBI’s ‘Know your MP’ tool for the 98 new MPs elected to Parliament earlier this year

At the monthly meeting of backbench Labour Yorkshire and the Humber MPs, Josh highlighted the importance of businesses and the Labour Party working together and improve people’s lives and tackle the regional inequalities facing the UK. Turning to the topic of regional devolution, Josh argued that additional powers where needed for businesses in the Yorkshire and the Humber, to truly harness the benefits of the Northern Powerhouse.

For more information on these and future similar CBI events, contact Hannah.collins@cbi.org.uk