Logistics UK response to Liberal Democrats' General Election Manifesto

Monday 10 June 2024

In response to today’s (10 June 2024) publication of the Liberal Democrats’ General Election Manifesto, Kevin Green, Policy Director at business group Logistics UK said:

“The Liberal Democrats rightly recognise in their manifesto the importance of growing the economy, including by partnering with business, enabling the transition to electric vehicles, delivering rail freight electrification, reforming the apprenticeship levy and removing barriers to trade. It is also positive that the Lib Dems want to see infrastructure needs integrated into local planning.

“However, to unleash the power of logistics to drive growth, it is vital for the incoming government to go further, with the appointment of a dedicated minister for logistics and supply chain, the establishment of a logistics roadmap to net zero, and the delivery of a national logistics network, which covers all transport modes and infrastructure to optimise the movement of goods.  This must recognise rather than inhibit the value of air freight to the UK’s economy, both domestically and internationally."

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With decarbonisation, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.