London First responds to Labour Party ManifestoApril 13, 2015
The Labour Party has today published its pre-Election Manifesto, laying out its pledges ahead of polling day on 7th May.
In response, John Dickie, Director of Director of Strategy and Policy at London First, said:
“We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to driving up London and the UK’s competitiveness through improving infrastructure (through the mix of depoliticising long-term infrastructure planning, committing to a swift decision on the conclusions of the Airports Commission investment, and fixing broadband coverage ‘not spots’).
However, we remain concerned that Labour’s tax policies will undermine London and the UK’s competitiveness. Increasing the top rate of tax to 50% will not increase the yield to the treasury in the medium term, but will make the UK a less attractive place for global talent. Meanwhile, the proposed mansion tax is effectively a tax on Londoners and there needs to be great care in reforming the non-domiciled tax rules.
We are also pleased that Labour has emphasised the need to “never cut Britain off from the rest of the world”. It has reaffirmed the importance of membership of the EU and to reform it constructively. There is much that the EU needs to do to become more outward-focused, more competitive and to drive economic growth.
Meanwhile, the party’s calls for immigration reform, which recognises the value of international students and will enable businesses in the UK to employ global talent, is important signalling that London and the UK are open for business.”
London First has previously set out its own priority asks of the next Government in its ‘Manifesto for Jobs and Growth’, which will enable London to continue to compete and thrive and drive economic growth not only in the capital, but in the country as a whole.