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CBI wins backing from members in crunch confidence vote

Branding on display at the Confederation of British Industry annual conference in London (Jonathan Brady/PA)
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The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has overwhelmingly won the support of its members as it promised change following a series of sexual harassment allegations.

Members were asked to vote on whether its plan for renewal is enough to give them “the confidence you need to support the CBI”.

The group said that 93% of members who voted had backed the motion, with 371 votes cast. It added that 23 members had withheld their vote.

A raft of major companies have already quit the CBI due to the allegations – including John Lewis, Aviva and ITV – and are not taking part in the vote, while the Government has also suspended its engagement with the group.

Director-general Rain Newton-Smith said: “Even an organisation as established as the CBI is only as strong as its members.

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“That support is something we have never taken for granted. We will work tirelessly to repay the faith shown in us and are committed to living the values and changes we have proposed.

“Let me be clear: we have listened, we have acted, and we will leave no stone unturned to be the best voice for business, inside and out. ”

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CBI director-general Rain Newton-Smith asked members to back a new plan for the lobby group (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA)