CBI Northern Ireland to host GE hustings

CBI Northern Ireland is hosting a hustings event ahead of the 2019 General Election with Westminster candidates from the five main Northern Ireland political parties.

Taking place on the morning of Wednesday 20 November in Belfast City Centre, companies will be able to hear first-hand the business policy positions of Northern Ireland’s political leaders.

The event will be chaired by the BBC’s Northern Ireland Business & Economics Editor, John Campbell. The event partner is BDO Northern Ireland.

Political party representatives include

  • Alliance Party: Dr Stephen Farry MLA (MLA for North Down and Alliance Party Deputy Leader)
  • Democratic Unionist Party: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP (MP for Lagan Valley and DUP Chief Whip)
  • Sinn Féin: Chris Hazzard MP (MP for South Down and Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson)
  • Social Democratic & Labour Party: Claire Hanna MLA (MLA for South Belfast and SDLP GE candidate for South Belfast)
  • Ulster Unionist Party: Dr Steve Aiken MLA (MLA for South Antrim and UUP Party Leader Designate).

Angela McGowan, CBI Northern Ireland Director, said: “In what will be one of the most important Westminster elections in recent times, next week’s event is an unrivalled chance to place the priorities of Northern Irish companies back on the political map. 

“Firms from across Northern Ireland will be able to connect with local politicians and have their voices heard on the topics that matter for the growth of their business, the wider economy and benefit of local communities.”

Nigel Harra, BDO Northern Ireland Senior Partner, said: “Northern Ireland’s business community is the backbone of our local economy. With the continued uncertainty around Brexit and the fact that we have not had a functioning devolved Government for over 1000 days, it is critical, now more than ever, that businesses come together to engage with our political leaders. These hustings give businesses the opportunity to ensure their voices are heard.”

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