Business leaders back Liberal Democrats

April 17, 2015 7:48 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The country and economy would benefit from having Lib Dems in Government again, a letter signed by more than 50 business leaders has said.

A host of leading company owners, employers and entrepreneurs said a stronger economy, a record number of jobs and improved living standards was down to the success of the Coalition.

They said: "In view of their track record in sustaining the present Government and their positive role in it, we believe it is essential to have enough Liberal Democrat MPs in the new Parliament to provide a clear and sensible voice for the centre ground."

But they also sounded a warning about the threat to the recovery without the Lib Dems, if Labour teamed up with the SNP or the Tories alongside UKIP. The letter will be published in the Financial Times today (Friday).

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Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

"We all know businesses need confidence to invest and want the recovery to be fully secured.

"But the Conservatives will undermine this confidence by cutting too much and pushing for an EU referendum, while Labour will undermine this confidence by borrowing too much and continuing on their anti-business track.

"As today's letter confirms, British business is increasingly aware that the Liberal Democrats are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground.

"We are the only party that can stop Labour and the Tories lurching to extremes and ensure we continue to build a stronger economy and fairer society with opportunity for all."

The full text of the letter is available here.