Industry poll shows Conservatives ahead in lead-up to UK elections – with reservations

The UK’s Conservative party has taken the lead in a pre-election opinion poll conducted by UK Construction Week (a major industry event taking place at the NEC in Birmingham this October). However, in spite of the lead, 71 per cent of respondents claimed that the needs of the construction industry have been ignored by all the key political parties.

The survey questioned more than 1,000 UK-based product manufacturers, contractors, architects, house builders, developers and suppliers from around the industry, asking for their thoughts on policies affecting the construction industry.

When asked which party would be best for the industry if it comes to power, the Conservatives demonstrated a clear lead with 54 per cent of the vote. The results place Labour well behind at 30 per cent. None of the other parties even made it into double figures.

Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, the event company producing UK Construction Week, commented: “The survey results are interesting because they appear to show that the industry feels let down by the main political parties, despite the fact that construction has been the main driver behind the UK’s economic recovery.

“The results have highlighted that while there are some very clear issues to be addressed – such as house building and skills shortages – it will be down to the construction industry itself to rise to these challenges, without much political support. For these reasons, it is vital that the industry takes charge of its own future and we hope that by providing a platform and space for this at UK Construction Week we will be able to help make this a reality.” Read more…

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