FSB Comment Issue date: Tuesday 29 September 2015 FSB welcomes emerging cross-party consensus to help the self-employed Commenting on the speech by Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s conference in Brighton, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The Labour Party says it’s looking for a positive partnership with business. Our members will be looking for more clarity from Mr Corbyn and his team on his plans for small firms within the business agenda, and we look forward to working with them to develop those ideas. “We welcome the Labour Party’s focus on supporting the self-employed in this country. Improving maternity and paternity pay for the self-employed would be a positive step towards recognising their increasingly important contribution to the economy, while extending sick pay to the self-employed would provide many with a welcome safety net. Together with the Government's reviews into the self-employed, this shows a new cross-party consensus to back those who set themselves up in business.” View the PDF version of this press release.