Conservatives announce small business manifesto as 5,000 firms throw support behind party

Tories go all out on business and the economy - but are there doubts over Cameron’s leadership?

The Conservatives have won ringing support from small businesses today, after 5,000 firms put their names to a letter praising the party’s record in government.

The boost to the Tories’ campaign comes ahead of the launch of the party’s small business manifesto, in which David Cameron will pledge to treble start-up loans and invest in broadband infrastructure.

The letter, published in the Telegraph says the signatories “would like to see David Cameron and George Osborne given the chance to finish what they have started”.

It says: “This Conservative-led Government has been genuinely committed to making sure Britain is open for business.

“They’ve managed to get the economy moving again by tackling the deficit, helping to keep interest rates low and inflation down.”

The letter highlights the Tories’ desire to change the perception that they are the party of big business.

It also marks a concerted effort to focus on the economy for the remaining 10 days until the election.

Leadership issues

Conservative leader David Cameron has batted off criticism for presiding over a lacklustre election campaign.

Speaking in Yeovil over the weekend, Cameron said: “If you want political excitement, go to Greece. If you want more showbiz in this election, go to Hollywood.

“Here and now in the UK I’m focused on something real. A stronger economy – something that excites millions more: more jobs, more homes, more business, more childcare, more security in retirement.”

Meanwhile, senior Tories have reportedly been taking the issue of Cameron’s successor quite seriously. If Cameron fails to win office next month, then it is widely held that he will be forced to stand down.

Rupert Murdoch tweeted that such a scenario would mean the “chop” for Cameron.


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Readers' comments (3)

  • Anonymous

    Signatures of 1000 small businesses published in Daily Telegraph has question marks written all over it. Andrew Neil has torn authenticity of this document to shreds. Honesty and probity. please....... no window dressing?

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  • There are over a million small businesses in Britain, so a few thousand signatures is quite a long way short of "ringing support from small businesses".

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  • Ian Middleton

    The whole thing has since been outed as a massive put up job anyway. The letter was drafted by Tory HQ and signatures obtained. It's also transpired that many of the signatories aren't even business owners. One of them was a local Conservative club!

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