Britain's Conservative drift

After 13 years of Labour rule, UK business is leaning back towards its traditional allegiance with the Tories – if only David Cameron had more appeal.

Lord Mandelson has the luck of the devil. A late train meant the UK business secretary arrived at Sheffield Forgemasters in Yorkshire just as its old 10,000 tonne press began fashioning a column of molten steel into a ship’s propeller shaft. Press photographers at the event last month were therefore able to snap the ruling Labour party’s chief election strategist amid the white heat of industry even as he announced an £80 million loan to the forgings company for a new 15,000 tonne press.

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