CHARLES LAWLEY – The Lib Dems ‘party of small business’

Spokesperson for the Hillingdon Liberal Democrats Charles Lawley has backed a call from Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron who has proposed a series of policies that will help small businesses across the London Borough of Hillingdon.

In a speech called ‘Investing in the future’ Tim Farron proposed a series of policies, that will benefit small businesses, enterprise and young people in Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ruislip, Hayes, Harlington, Northwood and Pinner.


In a direct appeal to small businesses in the Borough of Hillingdon Tim and Charles said Liberal Democrats were now the party of small business, and would help them in three key ways:

1. We would give real teeth to the Small Business Commissioner, such as the power to fine large companies who regularly fail to pay their bills on time.

2. We will press the Government to renew the review of Business Rates that Danny Alexander initiated when he was in the Treasury and which George Osborne has quietly dropped, saving small businesses money.

3. We will be passionate champions of local banking - helping entrepreneurs borrow and invest in their own community.

Charles Lawley said: “Small business all across the Borough of Hillingdon has a voice and a friend in the Liberal Democrats. All across the local area business people are telling me that they long to see fairer business rates. I have been determined to take this message to party leaders and worked to make this happen. Today’s announcement was born right here in places like Uxbridge, Ruislip and Hillingdon.

Party leader Tim Farron added: “The liberal spirit is the entrepreneurial spirit and entrepreneurs are natural liberals. Dealing with bank lending, improving broadband and cutting business rates are policies that business wants and the Liberal Democrats offer.

“While the Conservatives stand up for big business and Labour have given up any pretence of caring; the Liberal Democrats will offer that voice for small businesses.

“Our high streets are crying out for help; the Liberal Democrats will offer that assistance and will keep fighting for businesses.”

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