Financial Inclusion


The Labour Party Annual Conference 2021

Labour Business and SME4Labour Fringe: Financial Inclusion

How to improve access to finance for members of excluded groups, especially young, female, BAME, disabled and other groups which find it harder to obtain access to finance for their businesses. Sponsored by Mastercard.

    • Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers
    • Kelly Devine, President, UK & Ireland, Mastercard
    • Dan Norris, Mayor for the West of England
    • Andrew O’Brien, Head of Policy, Social Enterprise UK
    • Hamish Sandison, Chair of Labour Business

Financial Inclusion

Seema Malhotra – Labour (Co-op) MP for Feltham and Heston. She has served as the Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers since 2021, and previously sat on the opposition front bench as the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Shadow Minister for Employment and a shadow Home Office minister.

Kelly Devine – President, UK & Ireland at Mastercard

Dan Norris is a Labour Party politician serving as the Mayor of the West of England since May 2021. He previously served as the Member of Parliament for Wansdyke from 1997 to 2010.

Andrew O’Brien is Director of External Affairs at Social Enterprise UK, which represents 100,000 businesses looking to improve society through trading.

Before working at SEUK, Andrew worked as senior advisor to Chris White MP between 2010-2013, before joining the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Andrew then worked as Director of Policy and Engagement for Charity Finance Group, moving onto to become Director of External Affairs at Social Enterprise UK in July 2018.

Andrew has researched and written extensively on tax, civil society, business reform and public procurement.

Hamish Sandison chairs Labour Business. He is a consultant with the international law firm Fieldfisher, specialising in IT law, intellectual property and public procurement.