Earlier this month, the NFDA attended both of the major political parties' conferences for the Conservative and Labour parties, in Manchester and Liverpool, respectively. This year's party conference season held particular significance, with a general election likely to take place in 2024. It provided a unique platform to engage with key decision-makers and advocate for important issues that directly impact franchised dealers across the UK.

Both conferences were alive and full of energy, filled with politicians, journalists, stakeholders, policymakers and more.

The NFDA Policy Officer, Oliver Nurser, was present for speeches from Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rachel Reeves and from Shadow Business Secretary, Jonathan Reynolds. Reforms of both the apprenticeship levy business rates were announced. Notably, Mr. Reynolds committed to mandating local councils to have annual charge point targets and reinstating the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles. The NFDA will seek further engagement with Jonathan Reynolds MP.

NFDA hosted a dinner with Conservative MPs and with Labour MPs, who briefly introduced the NFDA team to the leader of the party, Keir Starmer MP. During these dinners, intense discussions took place around how dealers and the government can work together to adapt to the current challenging trading environment.