Endorsements

Ruth Smeeth's Message of Support for SME4Labour 3rd Anniversary Gala

"Small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our economy and often play a leading role in our local communities.

I'm proud to stand up for SMEs in my constituency and I'm delighted to be able to support the brilliant work that SME4Labour are doing to connect our party with the hopes, needs and aspirations of so many working people across our country."

Ruth Smeeth is the MP for Stoke-on-Trent-North and a member of the Defence Committee.

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Thelma Walker's Message of Support for SME4Labour 3rd Anniversary Gala

''I’m pleased to support the fantastic work that SME4Labour does to further strengthen relationships between the Labour Party and SMEs.

99% of businesses in my constituency are SMEs.  They are the backbone of our economy. Labour has a clear vision for a productive and successful economy and our smaller businesses and support for them is part of that vision.

SME4Labour is doing a brilliant job supporting engagement and dialogue and promoting how it is Labour’s plans that make the most sense for SMEs.''

Thelma Walker is the MP for Colne Valley.

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Valerie Vaz's Message of Support for SME4Labour 3rd Anniversary Gala

“Small businesses are at the core of our communities and are the driving force behind our economy. There were 5.7 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK in 2017, accounting for over 99% of all businesses. I am delighted that SMEs are thriving in my constituency – in Walsall South, there was an impressive 7.5% increase in the number of VAT and/or PAYE registered enterprises in 2017 from the previous year. I would like to thank SME4Labour for its invaluable support to the Party and for providing a vital platform for SMEs to have their voices heard. Businesses are better off under Labour and SME4Labour’s important contribution will help to ensure that we build an economy that is fair for all in Britain.”

 

Valerie Vaz is the MP for Walsall South and is also Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.

 

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Sarah Champion's Message of Support for SME4Labour 3rd Anniversary Gala

Small and medium sized businesses are the cornerstone of our economy.  It is hugely important that they have a voice in policy development. SME4Labour provide that voice in our party and I commend their work in ensuring that the needs of SMEs across Britain are reflected in our debates and decision making.”

Sarah Champion is the MP for Rotherham.

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Eleanor Smith's Message of Support for SME4Labour 3rd Anniversary Gala

"Small and medium-sized businesses play an absolutely vital role in the development of the economy. In local communities they are the lifeblood of job creation. SME’s represent 60% of all private sector employment, and 51% of all private sector turnover in the UK, so it is vital that the Labour Party listens and supports them. SME4Labour has done terrific work in standing up for SMEs inside and outside parliament.”

Eleanor Smith is the MP for Wolverhampton South West.

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Jack Dromey's Message of Support for SME4Labour 3rd Anniversary Gala

“Small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the British economy, are an ever-growing cohort of constituents for every MP across Britain. Their needs are unique and varying depending on the nature and size of their business. Labour, the party of small and medium-sized businesses, is on their side."

“As Labour looks to reform the British economy, local businesses will play an even more important role. That is why the work of SME4Labour is vital in helping us engage with SMEs and learn how we can best help them grow.”

Jack Dromey is the MP for Birmingham, Erdington and is also Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions.

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Ian Lucas' Message of Support for SME4Labour 3rd Anniversary Gala

“I ran a small business and understand its challenges and rewards. As more people earn a living this way, it is essential Labour speaks to those people even more effectively.”

Ian Lucas is MP for Wrexham.

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Sharon Hodgson's Message of Support for SME4Labour 3rd Anniversary Gala

“SME4Labour recognises the vital part SME’s play to our economy, both locally and nationally. I’m proud to be a supporter of SME4Labour which ensures that people who work within SME’s have a voice inside and outside the Labour Party.”

Sharon Hodgson is the MP for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health.

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Tom Watson's Message

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and SME4Labour has acted as a powerful advocate on their behalf since it was established two years ago. The support and advice it gives to the party is hugely valued by MPs and policymakers. Most people work in small and medium enterprises and the dialogue we have with SME4Labour is vital as we seek   to build a strong economy that generates well-paid and secure jobs."

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Lord Murphy's Message

"SME4Labour is a fine organisation which recognises the importance of small and medium sized businesses for the economic well being of our country."

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