Liz Truss is “worlds apart” from Cadbury’s legacy, says Ruth Cadbury

Image above: Liz Truss speaks at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham

Ruth Cadbury MP rejects PM’s comparison with Birmingham’s Bournville suburb

Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury has criticised comments made by Liz Truss in her keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference, claiming Truss’ vision for the UK is “worlds apart” from her family’s legacy.

On Wednesday (5 October), the Prime Minister referenced Birmingham’s suburb of Bournville, which was developed in the 19th century to allow the expansion of the Cadbury’s chocolate factory and homes for workers.

She likened the scheme to her proposed ‘investment zones’, part of the Government’s drive to cut taxes and red tape, and claimed these would help to level up the country.

“We are going to be inspired by Bournville… that’s what zones around the country will deliver”, she said.

Ruth Cadbury, who is descended from Richard Cadbury, one of the two brothers who opened the Bournville factory, said Truss’ comparison “couldn’t be any further from the truth”.

John Cadbury established the chocolate manufacturing business in the early 1830s. He was a veteran campaigner for social justice, fighting the exploitation of child chimney sweeps, the horrors of animal cruelty and other social causes.

Helping the disadvantaged, either by campaigning for the rights of the poor or working to alleviate the alcohol-related causes of poverty, was ingrained in the Cadbury family’s Quaker belief system.

Image above: Cadbury’s Bournville suburb in Birmingham

Truss’ ‘investment zones’ will create a “race to the bottom”

Calling out the Prime Minister’s comments on Twitter, Ruth said:

“The comparison made by Liz Truss couldn’t be any further from the truth. Cadbury’s (and others) supported their workers & their families with high quality homes, leisure activities, skills training & much more. Their ethos was about the wider community- not just profits.

“Cadbury’s & other philanthropic families provided welfare before the welfare state existed. Their ideology & ideals are worlds apart from Liz Truss – who is pushing investment zones to create a race to the bottom & to slash important regulations & protections.”

She was Retweeting Gina Miller, the anti-corruption campaigner, who posted a similar rebuke:

“Liz Truss, Bournville was founded by the Cadbury family who placed as much emphasis on helping community & good works as profit. Responsible capitalists not the disaster capitalists funding and supporting her plans – who are already making fortunes from the fallout of her plans.”

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