John Mills

An economist, entrepreneur and political commentator, I'm Founder and Chairman of JML, the consumer goods company. I'm also Chairman of Labour Leave & Labour Future, Chairman of the Pound Campaign, and Secretary of the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign.

I’m proud to be Chairman of JML, a well-known British company which was recently picked out as being among the 150 most dynamic companies in all of Europe. Both as a businessperson and Labour Party veteran, I've fought successfully for the UK to vote to Leave the European Union and will continue to fight for radical change in Britain's economic and trade policy.

I've been in business for more than 50 years. In that time I've seen hundreds of proud, successful British manufacturing firms forced out of existence and thousands of jobs shipped off to Asia. I've seen skilled manual jobs all-but disappear and areas of Britain that were once thriving and full of hope are now effectively redundant.

We need politicians from all parties to start considering a new economic and political strategy; one that brings business and jobs back to Britain.

In my opinion, as sterling has devalued to a more competitive level since the EU Referendum, there is every chance that manufacturing can now start to recover, investment in our future productivity will start to increase and, in the longer term, there will be less unemployment. I believe we now have the means to raise our growth rate incrementally on a sustainable basis, with rising living standards, more equality and no need for the austerity policies to cut the government deficit.

Recent press

John Mills: Labour leadership hope to win over disillusioned voters with industrial strategy
Posted 26 Janury 2017

Donor and Brexit backer says party has a 'big problem' with disaffected voters.

Labour shadow cabinet minister QUITS the front bench after Jeremy Corbyn orders his MPs to back Brexit - and FIVE more also say they may resign
Posted 26 Janury 2017

A Labour MP quit Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench today after he ordered all his MPs to back the Government's legislation to start Brexit.

A weaker pound can help Britain re-industrialise, says JML boss and Labour donor John Mills
Posted 26 Janury 2017

Britain can re-industrialise and restore manufacturing jobs around the country - if the pound can be pushed down to a substantially weaker level, according to John Mills, the boss of retail group JML.

How the government's industrial strategy could steal your job
Posted 26 Janury 2017

The industrial strategy aims to boost productivity and spread growth. But this is not the same as a well-paid job.

Labour will not frustrate Article 50 process but seek to amend Bill - Corbyn
Posted 24 Janury 2017

Labour will not "frustrate" the process for invoking Article 50, Jeremy Corbyn said after the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament must give permission to start the formal mechanism for Brexit.

President Trump should be positive for the UK economy – in the short term at least
Posted 19 Janury 2017

When the US electorate chose Donald Trump as their next President, they voted for a big break from the liberal consensus which Hillary Clinton epitomised. Globalisation had not served Trump supporters well, and they wanted something radically different. We are now beginning to get more of a taste of what this might be.

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Why Trump Won

Why Trump Won  by John Mills

Over the past few decades the world has changed. International trade has increased exponentially and we are now more integrated than ever before. Poor people in third-world countries have benefited as a result and so have the rich in the West. But large swathes of the population of the western world have not.

In his hard-hitting pamphlet John Mills explores the reasons and explains why these developments were not inevitable but the result of policy mistakes which we must now urgently address.

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