BUSINESS leaders from the district have hailed as a success talks held with senior Labour politician John McDonnell.

A delegation from West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce met the Shadow Chancellor when he visited the Shipley Parliamentary constituency.

Among those at the meeting was Nick Garthwaite, president of Bradford Chamber.

"Despite Labour being in opposition it is important – when appropriate – for us to have conversations with relevant politicians irrespective of party affiliations," he said.

"The exchange of views, concerns and ideas is all part of the policy development and lobbying process."

The delegation also included Bradford Chamber vice-president Suzanne Watson, board member Stephen Wright and policy executive Mike Cartwright.

Issues discussed included concerns over the ramping-up of corporation tax, and a commitment to tie Bradford into the Northern Powerhouse rail plan.

Also, assurances were sought on securing adequate replacements for EU structural funds, and there was debate over education and skills issues.

"There was agreement on both sides that implementation of the well-intentioned apprenticeship levy had been unsuccessful," added Mr Garthwaite.