Insights from the UK and beyond
Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Shadow Secretary of State for Business Ken Clarke will join us on Tuesday March 2 to give speeches and take part in a Q&A session on the economy.
With a recent newspaper poll showing Labour could hold on to power after an election due in the next few months, Cameron has admitted that the Tories now have a “fight on their hands” to prevent a fourth successive election win for Labour.
Another recent poll showed, for the first time since July 2007, people trusted Labour more than the Conservatives to run the economy.
The Conservatives have made dealing with the budget deficit, expected to be around 12 percent of economic output this year, one of the key themes of their election campaign. Ken Clarke was Chancellor of the Exchequer under John Major.
They are known as the “big beasts”, those polticians that hold, or have held, heavyweight government posts and stalk the landscape as if they own it.
The return of Ken Clarke to the Conservative front bench as business spokesman offered Westminster watchers the delicious prospect of watching an admired political performer take on
another just as adept at the stalk and kill in the form of Peter, now Lord, Mandelson.