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Business News for 7th May 2009 :: Networking Breakfast with Lord Mandelson Watford Observer Article

Lord Mandelson and Claire Ward MP

Business leaders from across south and west Hertfordshire met for breakfast this morning at the Watford YMCA, where they heard from the Secretary of State for Business.

Arriving in Watford shortly before 8am, Lord Mandelson addressed the meeting and talked up the economy, promising it was showing signs of recovery.

He told the 100- strong crowd: “I am not going come here and spout about green shoots – that just gets politicians into trouble. , “But I do see, if not green shoots, then green seedlings which have been planted and are germinating.”

He said the Government was committed to helping provide young people with employment opportunities and making sure “another generation does not become attached to unemployment".

And while backing the Watford MP Claire Ward and staff at the YMCA.

Introducing the peer, Ms Ward said: “I know that we can and will get through these difficult times. But I also know that, at times, we need the assistance of Government to make that job a little bit easier.” Ms Ward then presented Lord Mandelson with some green tea as a thank-you for attending

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