I really enjoyed visiting Airbus in Filton with Labour Leader Keir Starmer, to meet their apprentices to mark National Apprenticeship Week. Skills are one of the biggest issues facing the UK, yet the apprenticeship levy is currently significantly underspent. Under Labour, businesses will get flexibility to spend that money on their training needs, the skills the UK really needs. Apprenticeship starts have fallen by over 200,000 under the Conservatives. Under Labour, focusing on skills and growth will be at the heart of our mission for the economy.

It was also great to see The Independent reveal senior figures in the business community now consider Labour the party of business on the back of all our hard work and our rigorous industrial strategy. Labour is proudly pro-business and proudly pro-worker. Sadly, between inaction on growth and inaction on industrial disputes it would appear the Conservative government is neither.

I also spoke to Sophie Ridge about Liz Truss’s first staggeringly un-self-aware interview since leaving Downing Street, in which she suggested she had been unjustly done in by what she describes as some sort of left wing economic conspiracy. The idea that the FTSE, the pension funds, and the Bank of England are part of some kind of extremist plot against her is an extraordinarily self-aggrandising, post-fact perspective. Truss’s premiership was undone by markets reacting to a total absence of confidence in her mad plan to borrow huge amounts of money to cut taxes for the superrich. Regular businesses made sensible decisions in suspicion that this kamikaze approach might collapse the stagnant economy rather than kickstart it. Which transpired to be spot on, with homeowners in places like Tameside paying the price in their mortgages. The idea that the former PM would have anything much to say apart from “Sorry, Britain” is as curious as it is exasperating.

Is Sunak doing any better? Marginally better than the most catastrophic prime minster of all time perhaps, but it’s nowhere near good enough. He is weak, often invisible, and obsessed with side projects like legislating to sack striking nurses and mucking about with Government departments. It is clear he has no understanding of the state of the country, and no solutions. Between that and the threat of both Truss and Johnson fancying a comeback, we simply cannot let a fifth term of Conservative Government happen.

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