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IoD at the heart of British business on election night

13 Jun 2017

Election night party

The momentous evening of 8 June saw some of the most senior figures from the business community, the media and government gathered at 116 Pall Mall to celebrate the general election and to watch the results roll in at the IoD and Cicero Group Election Night party.

The evening kicked off with opening remarks from our Chairman Lady Barbara Judge, who noted the value of the “great democratic circus” of an election, the significance of which has come into sharper focus after recent awful events in London and Manchester. 

A panel of experts shared their views on the election campaign and the future of the various political parties – including Christian May, editor of City A.M., Sophie Gaston of Demos and Iain Anderson, Executive Chair of Cicero.

A mix of social media posts from the night can be found here

People chatting and laughing at the election party

It proved to be a night full of surprises, as the guests gasped at the exit poll results, revealing the prospect of a hung parliament. 

The shock reaction was shared by everyone in the room and a second, impromptu panel discussion followed, during which Andy and Iain shared their thoughts on what such result would mean for business and worked out the numbers. 

The drinks were flowing until late, as guests debated whether the turmoil in British politics would ever stop.

Panel speaking in the Waterloo room

It is worth noting that IoD members were not particularly enthusiastic about the result to which they woke up to on Friday morning. 

A snap Policy Voice survey revealed a drop in business confidence and huge concern over political uncertainty, and its impact on the UK economy. Our policy team at the IoD will continue to engage with the newly formed Government to ensure the voice of business is heard. 

Christian May with panel in Waterloo Room
People watching a speaker in the Nash room

Interested in finding out more? 

Visit our General Election hub here and get involved in the conversation on Twitter #IoDElection