Industry’s response to general election result

London, UK: The new Labour government, with Keir Starmer as prime minister, should prioritise delivering an infrastructure programme to help freight movements, according to the logistics industry.

Logistics UK has set out how the new government should take forward the logistics sector’s priorities in its first 100 days and in its first fiscal event. Logistics UK believes Labour should focus on delivering “innovative and integrated infrastructure, to move goods in the most productive, strategic and green way”

The Road Haulage Association also highlighted the importance of infrastructure. It said: “Ninety percent of freight is moved by road so it’s vital the Government delivers an infrastructure programme which ensures our sector can move people and goods efficiently and effectively.”

Logistics UK has identified a range of other priorities, including:

  • trade growth, to support economic growth and resilience, backed by reduced friction with the EU.
  • safe and efficient road freight, underpinned by industry-informed and evidence-based standards and regulations.
  • an industrial strategy that directly drives growth and strengthens the critical enablers of growth, including road, rail, maritime, aviation, warehousing, energy & digital networks.
  • a fair transition to becoming a clean energy superpower that rebuilds the UK’s industrial strength, keeps the costs of decarbonisation down, and ensures resilient supply chains.
  • skills partnerships to support a thriving sector

Meanwhile, Louise Haigh has been appointed as the new transport secretary, having held the shadow transport brief since 2021.

Before taking the shadow transport brief, she was shadow Northern Ireland secretary and the former special constable was also a shadow policing minister under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.