UK automotive association, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says it expects the new Conservative government to continue its support of the sector following last week’s (7 May) General Election.

Against most poll findings, the David Cameron-led Conservative administration secured a majority vote and the SMMT is looking for further support as the UK sector continues to boom,

“The UK automotive industry benefited from strong support from the previous coalition government, which through the Automotive Council and Automotive Industrial Strategy helped it to develop as a global competitor,” said an SMMT statement.

“Indeed, the Automotive Council was singled out in the Conservative party manifesto, and has been recognised in Europe as an example of how government-industry collaboration can really work.

“The sector has cross-party backing, and we expect this support to continue under the new government.”
The Conservatives have promised an in-out referendum in 2017 concerning the UK’s future membership of the European Union, with some reports even suggesting this timetable could be brought forward to next year, although that remains, as yet unconfirmed.