Boris Johnson’s conference friends and business foes

General Politics

Another October, another party conference season is over in the UK. With a speech to the Conservative faithful in the Manchester hall, the Prime Minister set out what the second half of his parliamentary term might look like. Crucially, while he gave details of what he wanted to do, questions about the cost of living, the NHS backlog and net-zero ahead of the October Spending review and the winter remain unresolved. Meanwhile, Keir Starmer attempted to use his speech to Labour conference to solidify his hold on the party and provide a more emollient front to business than his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn. But the big question is what, if anything, will cut through to the public from the last two weeks, how will it shape British politics in the coming months, and how should businesses position themselves in light of all this?

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