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After years of disenchantment, British business leaders flocked to this week's Labour conference, signalling a reset in relations between the centre-left party and a corporate community scalded by the economic policies of the ruling Conservatives.

Several hundred business bigwigs met and talked to opposition leader Keir Starmer on Monday at a business forum that was sold out at the annual gathering in Liverpool, northwest England.

"If we do come into government, you will be coming into government with us," Starmer said in front of representatives from Microsoft, Ikea and energy supplier Octopus, among others.

The 61-year-old, whose party is well ahead of the Tories in opinion polls ahead of a general election expected next year, talked up the idea of a "partnership" between the business world and Labour.

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