Labour's Chris Leslie and Chuka Umunna promise to change tack - by listening to business

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Umunna said it was "crucial" to win back the support of business (Source: Getty)
As part of the Labour Party’s latest effort to change course following the General Election, shadow chancellor Chris Leslie and shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna will today launch a new “Listening to Business” programme.

“The disappointing election result for Labour rightly forces us to rethink how we build stronger relationships with the business community,” Leslie said, adding, “We must do more to convince business that we want government to work in partnership and support enterprise.”

Umunna agreed, saying, “It is crucial that we learn the right lessons from defeat and win back the support of business.”

The shadow ministers are set to kick off the programme today by meeting with start-up businesses in King’s Cross, and are expected to hold a series of roundtable discussions with businesses of varying sizes throughout the summer.

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