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Business leaders back the Conservatives while Lib Dem and Labour make workplace pledges

The Daily Telegraph front page - business leaders back Conservatives

The Daily Telegraph front page – business leaders back Conservatives

  • Over 100 business leaders publicly support another Conservative-led government.
  • Nick Clegg announces plans to triple paternity leave.
  • Labour pledges to end the ‘endemic’ of zero hour contracts.
  • Boris Johnson launches the Conservatives’ London campaign.

Senior executives back the Conservatives

Over 100 business leaders have written a letter to The Daily Telegraph newspaper praising Conservative business policies and arguing that a Labour government would ‘threaten jobs and deter investment’.

Signatories include Bob Dudley, the chief executive of BP, and Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange.

In an additional blow to Ed Miliband’s party, five of the signatories were also figures who have previously supported Labour.

In response to the letter, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna emphasised Labour’s plans to help small businesses:

We don’t believe, as David Cameron does, in more tax cuts for the richest in society – the priority is tax cuts for small firms, working people and saving our NHS.

Lib Dem paternity leave plans

Calling for a ‘better deal for dads’, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has announced plans to triple parental leave for fathers.

Mr Clegg unveiled the policy during a visit to Scotland, where he met parents at a play centre in East Dunbartonshire.

The policy would mean that new dads could take up to six weeks off to care for their newborn, although Mr Clegg emphasised that there would be a time limit attached to the leave – ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’.

The Lib Dems have been brushing off suggestions that Nick Clegg may lose his seat in Sheffield Hallam in the election, after a poll showed support for his Labour opponent.

Ed Miliband criticises zero-hour contracts

Under a Labour government, workers would have a legal right to a regular contract after 12 weeks of working regular hours.

Ed Miliband has been unveiling a Labour policy to bring an end the ‘endemic’ of zero-hour contracts.

Making the announcement at a speech in Huddersfield, Mr Miliband argued that zero-hour contracts are detrimental to family life in the UK.

We have an epidemic of zero-hours contracts in our country – there’s been a 20% increase in the last year alone – undermining hard work, undermining living standards, undermining family life.

Boris Johnson launches London campaign

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched the Conservatives’ London campaign in Mill Hill.

Making a charismatic and sometimes controversial speech, Mr Johnson told voters ‘if you vote Tory you get broadband, if you vote UKIP you get Miliband’ and said that a Labour government would mean ‘an orgy of regulation and state socialism’.

The mayor’s speech at the north London concert venue was met with enthusiastic support and he was snapped by dozens of smartphones as he took a walk around the local area.

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