LABOUR’S shadow chief secretary visited business leaders in Colchester to set out the party’s "green business" plans for the upcoming general election.

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, alongside Pam Cox, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Colchester, hosted the networking event at the University of Essex’s Innovation Centre.

In attendance were members of the Essex Chambers of Commerce and Industry including chief executive Denise Rossiter.

Darren said: “After 14 years of the wrong decisions on the economy from the Conservative Party, people and businesses are worse off.

“Labour's plans will turn the economy around and unleash a decade of national renewal.

“Through our Green Prosperity Plan we will invest in the technologies of the future and help deliver our clean power mission. 

"We can create thousands of jobs in green industries here in Colchester and across the East of England.

“Labour is now the party of business as our economic plans will back British entrepreneurship by investing for the longer-term.”  

Pam Cox added: “Labour is winning support on the doorsteps from the public and business leaders for our plans to create jobs in Colchester and across Essex”.

“It was a pleasure to introduce Darren to local business leaders and the Essex Chambers of Commerce.”

As well as Pam Cox, Colchester's other parliamentary candidates include James Cracknell (Con), Martin Goss (Lib Dem), Terence Longstaff (Reform) and Sara Ruth (Green).