The Daily Telegraph

Starmer turns to City ‘conduit’

- By Tim Wallace

SIR KEIR STARMER has enlisted one of the most well connected men in the City of London to broker a meeting of FTSE 100 chief executives ahead of next year’s general election.

Sir Keir has “partnered” with Sir Alan Parker, the founder of PR firm Brunswick, to host a summit with company chiefs next month as the Labour leader courts business.

Brunswick has approached the chief executives of clients including Barclays, Rolls-royce and Aviva about a meeting with Sir Keir covering topics including “growth, the transition to net zero and capture the benefit of new technologi­es”, reported the Mail on Sunday.

Sir Keir has turned to Brunswick to take advantage of Sir Alan’s deep connection­s within both business and politics, described as “a great conduit between the City and Whitehall”.

The letter to FTSE chiefs, signed by Sir Keir, states: “We are partnering with Brunswick Group on this work and with Sir Alan Parker.”

The Labour Party is understood not to have a commercial relationsh­ip with Brunswick. A source close to Brun- swick said it does not take money from political parties and said the invitation­s were sent out on behalf of the Labour Party, rather than by the business itself.

The December meeting comes as Sir Keir seeks to rebuild Labour’s relationsh­ip with businesses.

Sir Keir’s shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, last week told The Daily Telegraph she wanted to “invest in growth potential recognisin­g that lack of growth is the primary driver of high taxes and increasing debt”. The party and Brunswick declined to comment.

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