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John Mills is an entrepreneur, economist and politician. He is best known for founding UK-based - but with wide international coverage - import-export and distribution company JML, where he is currently Chairman and majority shareholder. The company has an annual turnover of about £100m and is known for its direct to consumer marketing.

John served as a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Camden for most of the period between 1971 and 2006, specialising in Housing and Finance. During this time he held a number of political appointments including Deputy Chairman of the London Docklands Development Corporation, Chair of the Housing Committee at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and the London Boroughs Association.

John has published a series of books on economics and, for many years, he has campaigned for changes to UK economic policy to make the UK economy more competitive, primarily by adopting a lower exchange rate.

He has long been involved with issues around the UK’s membership of the EU and he was Chair of Labour Leave during the run up to the June 2016 EU referendum. He is currently Chair of Labour Future.