Labour's next leader will need to achieve something far more difficult and far more important - convincing the British people that our party is fit to lead our country again. The answer isn't to look backwards, but instead to talk about the Britain that we can build together. Labour has always won when we've focussed on the world as it is and how we want it to be. That's what Liz Kendall has done this week...
Toby Perkins MP
Shadow Minister for Small Business and Labour MP for Chesterfield
Today Labour will take another step towards establishing ourselves as the party of small business with a move to support businesses who play by the rules and pay their bills on time.
21/10/2014 10:00 BST
On Tuesday morning, in a central London pub, Vince Cable and Nick Clegg got together to announce a new statutory regulatory code to manage the relationship between the large branded pub chains that own the majority of pubs in the UK (known as PubCos) and their licencees. This is yet another example of Labour setting the political agenda.
04/06/2014 14:43 BST
It was Napoleon who first branded the British 'a nation of shopkeepers', a theme Adolf Hitler returned to 150 years later. But whilst these Anglophobic generals may have meant it as an insult, we British take great pride in our small retailers and jealously guard the variety and diversity they bring to our high street...
07/11/2013 13:14 GMT
Independent shops and small businesses also have a vital role to play in our economic recovery. Research by the Federation of Small Businesses reveals that 88% of people moving from unemployment into private sector jobs either start up or work for a small business.
03/01/2013 09:42 GMT
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