Spot the difference

Engineers hoping to decide how to vote in the general election on the basis of industrial policy will be struggling this week. As we report in our interviews with Margaret Beckett and Ian Lang, both parties are broadly in agreement, with Beckett going out of her way to reassure industry that her party is planning […]

Engineers hoping to decide how to vote in the general election on the basis of industrial policy will be struggling this week.

As we report in our interviews with Margaret Beckett and Ian Lang, both parties are broadly in agreement, with Beckett going out of her way to reassure industry that her party is planning no sweeping changes.

For his part Lang is confident that he has been doing a good job – with a recovery in manufacturing strengthened by a stable economy.

An incoming Labour Government too is committed to keeping much of the existing structure of Modern Apprenticeships, Technology Foresight and Business Links.

So will the engineering industry hear more before 1 May? The Labour Party promises more detail tomorrow with the launch of its Business Manifesto.

Don’t hold your breath.