Saturday, April 20, 2024

Thurrock Businesses Concerned Re Hung Parliament

THUUROCK firms are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential impact on their business of a hung Parliament after the election, a survey suggests.

The British Chambers of Commerce found that 65% of 300 firms it polled were either “concerned” or “very concerned” about the prospect of no clear winner.

Some 13% of firms thought that outcome would be “a good thing”, but the BCC said businesses were right to be wary.

The study also found most believed VAT would increase after the election.

David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Instinctively, companies prefer a clear mandate to lead and govern.

“With our economy still fragile and the public finances in a dire state, the overwhelming concern is whether a hung Parliament will provide decisive action around the UK’s unsustainable deficit.

“Whatever the outcome of the election, whether we have a coalition government or not, we must see a credible plan to reduce the deficit and restore confidence within 90 days.”

The BCC has publicly agreed with the Conservatives’ pledge to scrap part of next year’s planned increase in National Insurance, and its survey was welcomed by the party.

The Liberal Democrats say they would be the guarantors of financial stability, whatever the outcome of the election.
Labour say they are fighting for a majority government, which would cut the deficit while protecting front-line services.


  1. Whilst a Hung Parliament could be the way forward with a cohesion of all parties and having policies tabled from all, in an ideal world this would be the best alternative; however, politics is not like the boardroom, politicians will be out to point score against the other parties and one-upmanship will be the daily norm, just look at our local council and this will give you a taste of what it could be like with a hung parliament.

    For far too long now politicians have only been concerened about lining their own pockets rather than improving the country that they have been elected to do and cross party dialogue will never be the way forward.

    People need to get out into the polling stations and vote for which ever is their party of choice, don’t let a government slip in to power with the majority of a minority amount of votes per polulation as has been in the past.


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