Labour convention shall be so filled with execs it should appear to be Davos, solely in Liverpool

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Messages from the archive of Rutherford Corridor, essential communications strategist

WhatsApp to Dom: Hello Dom, we’ve organised an excellent schedule for you at subsequent week’s Labour convention in Liverpool. I’ve shared the small print along with your EA.



It’s manner too late to be getting any kudos for leaping on the Labour bandwagon however there’s nonetheless loads of time for them to clock that you just haven’t accomplished so. Enterprise is piling into Liverpool as if it’s the final lifeboat off the Titanic. Liverpool goes to be so full of CEOs it should appear to be Davos, however with extra puffer jackets. And “Liverpool Davos” just isn’t a phrase anybody has been anticipating to make use of.

OK, I settle for I’ll have counselled in opposition to climbing aboard too early however that was three prime ministers in the past. Hedging your bets was sound recommendation then. Now it’s time.

Anyway, Livos is wall-to-wall enterprise folks and lobbyists, determined for 5 minutes with Rachel Reeves and making an attempt arduous to cease utilizing the phrase “make the most of our Brexit freedoms”. However you do should be within the throng. Fortunately we’ve been establishing superb contacts with Labour — shopping for when shares have been low cost. We employed an important man who used to work intently with Keir. So we will get you some worthwhile facetime. And do seize a meal at Lunya. The membrillo-glazed pork ribs are to die for.

Finest, Rutherford

Discover me on Strava, KoM Sydenham Hill, PR London to Brighton 3h 17m.



Forgive me Dom, however that’s simply not the best way I’d go on this. I do know you’re anxious by their rights at work agenda however we should be cautious. And please, please don’t badmouth Angela Rayner. It doesn’t assist and anyway it’s finest left to the folks round Keir.

There are two approaches. You’ll be able to lend your voice to the ferocious Tory, all-out assault on the plans whereas Labour are nonetheless in opposition and hope to frighten him right into a partial retreat? However that is the one factor he’s giving to the unions. Ending zero-hours contracts, quick rights to sick pay, vacation pay and safety in opposition to unfair dismissal, that is common stuff. And the precise to disconnect and never be contacted out of hours will attraction to some too, even whether it is unworkable.

I can see why you’re anxious and we’re engaged on a method to water these down however in the event you suppose Labour may win, lining up with the opposition to them on this simply means they received’t take heed to you in energy. There’s additionally the chance you get focused because the face of employee exploitation which, as your communications counsellor, I might usually advise in opposition to.

Our playbook could be that as an alternative of getting marked down as an enemy, you loudly assist the precept of equity at work, which in any case is way extra bother to smaller rivals. You present your self a contemporary first rate employer prepared to interact with these targets, however you simply have a number of teensy — hardly value mentioning — points you suppose we have to work by.

You’re anxious in regards to the affect on hiring. You are worried about defending the flexibleness that makes the UK a beautiful location for employers. You’re anxious about making an attempt to show again the clock to a 9-5 world. So from a place of belief we simply ask a number of looking out questions and make all of it in regards to the element.

Maybe we would like the foundations phased in over a lot of years, or some exemptions built-in to make sure enterprise continues to be viable. Possibly we will angle in the direction of a fee on implementation, with a sympathetic however robust enterprise voice like yours to work by the small print. The message is that we assist this agenda so long as we do it fastidiously, cautiously and with a thoughts to jobs and financial development. However that’s for after the convention. For now simply be enthusiastic and discuss eager to see Britain working once more.

By the way, have you ever given any extra thought to providing to assist fund a researcher for a frontbencher, perhaps the shadow enterprise secretary’s workplace? It additionally provides us an in with the workforce later. Let me at the least organize a breakfast assembly.

Finest, Rutherford

Discover me on Strava…

WhatsApp to Dom: He’s referred to as Johnny Reynolds. A superb man. 

WhatsApp to Dom: Nicely attempt to faux you’ve heard of him if I get you a gathering. He issues. 

WhatsApp to Johnny Reynolds: Hello Johnny. I’m very eager to get you in a room with Dom. He’s a fan of yours and needs to assist. He’s bought some good ideas on delivering the equity at work agenda with out whacking enterprise.

WhatsApp to Dom: Excellent news. We’ve bought the assembly, so see the way it goes and resolve on the researcher provide after.

WhatsApp to Dom: No, I wouldn’t point out funding it on a versatile hours contract.

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