Catherine Shuttleworth, the businesswomen who tore into Red Ed, ‘inundated with messages of support’

Catherine Shuttleworth
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THE BUSINESSWOMAN who tore into Ed Miliband over Labour’s economic record in Government on BBC Question Time said she has received hundreds of messages of support from Yorkshire businesses.

Catherine Shuttleworth, the owner of Leeds-based Savvy Marketing, made headlines after criticising the Opposition leader over the memo left by the outgoing Labour government in 2010, which said there was no money left.

Ms Shuttleworth told The Yorkshire Post: “I have been inundated with emails and phone calls from people I have never met from Yorkshire businesses saying thank you very much for asking that question.”

She denied claims that she was a Conservative plant and said she has never been a member of any political party.

Ms Shuttleworth said: “We need a Government that is good for business, particularly in Yorkshire where we are just seeing the start of some green shoots and confidence and I want that to continue.”

She added that voters feel let down by politicians and are looking for trust and honesty.

Ms Shuttleworth said: “Everybody I talk to says that’s all they want. And perhaps a bit less spin.” She added that the politicians should have been prepared for tough questions from a Yorkshire audience.

“We expect some straight-forward answers,” said Ms Shuttleworth, who grew up in Sheffield.

She launched Savvy Marketing in 2006 after marketing roles for retail and financial services businesses. One of her co-founders was Andrew Jones, who went on to become Conservative MP for Harrogate. Today, her business employs 76 people.