Thursday 7 October 2021 / 2:51 PM Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer speaks ahead of visit to British food manufacturing site


Speaking ahead of a visit to a large British food manufacturer on Friday, Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, said:


“The Prime Minister is actively putting into practice his infamous dismissal of business made three years ago. In a week where UK business is looking to the Government for solutions to the ongoing supply chain chaos and growing shortages crisis, Boris Johnson resorted to form – refusing to take responsibility, offering only jokes and slogans.


“Boris Johnson failed to act when industry warned him of driver shortages months ago, allowing this chaos to develop. Without an adequate plan to recruit and train more drivers now, the chaos will continue as demand rises in the run up to Christmas.


“Britain needs a high wage high productivity economy, but this government has no plan to get there. Instead, wages are stagnant, bills are rising, and the Conservatives are raising taxes on working families and small businesses. After 11 years of Conservative government, the only thing on the shelves this week has been yet more jam tomorrow and British business deserves better.


“With Labour they will be heard and worked with, not dismissed and worked against. We will be collaborative, working alongside businesses, workers, industry bodies and unions to pull together in a national endeavour. With our commitment to buy, make and sell more in Britain, we’ll build a sustainable secure economy, never again leaving businesses to scramble.”