13:37 Sunday 21 April 2013

Trade chiefs hear Tory grandee's 'revolt' call

Written byMARK MCKAY

BURTON business leaders have attended a chamber of commerce’s 200th birthday in which Lord Heseltine called for a ‘peasant’s revolt’.

The Tory politician was the keynote speaker at the Birmingham Chamber’s anniversary dinner.

Mr Heseltine said power must be handed back to the people who created wealth in the county.

He said: “Centrally based civil servants don’t know what you want. What is needed is one local cohesive voice.

“For me the simple solution would be for the Chambers of Commerce to talk to other organisations and create one supporting point.”

Leaders of the Burton Chamber of Commerce then heard Mr Heseltine call the private sector ‘badly organised’.

He said: “I believe the private sector is extremely badly organised in its own right.

“They say how important it is to have a voice but only 10 per cent of the wealth creating community belong to organisations like the Chamber.”

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