In many cases, they are ridiculed, stereotyped and portrayed as somewhere between bigoted and racist.
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David Skelton is the Director of Renewal, a campaign organisation aiming to broaden the appeal of the Conservative Party.Follow @
The Government must spare no effort to deliver dignified work, up-to-date infrastructure, and state-of-the-art training to these long-neglected communities.
The Conservative Party could become the natural home for the urban working class if it revived these towns, David Skelton argues in his new book.
David Skelton: We need a new generation of low-rent homes – and the Government can help to provide them
Polling by Shelter showed that such a scheme that tackled the housing crisis and gave the low-paid a helping hand on to the housing ladder would also be hugely popular.
Here are three areas where the next leader can fulfil a desire to have a country that works for everybody.
David Skelton and Paul Goldsmith: The North-East needs a directly-elected Mayor – or it will miss out on the Northern Powerhouse
It can no longer afford to be caught between the noise of Scottish nationalism to the North and a resurgent Leeds and Manchester to the South.
For me, the concept of the “freeborn Englishman” is fundamental. These liberties are expressed through Parliament and institutions.
“Conservatism at its best is both pro-business and pro-worker, both rewarding entrepreneurship and ensuring that work pays.”
More jobs, tax cuts, a higher minimum wage – we should be proud of all these measures and more.
Renewal is backing a campaign to reduce Labour’s disproportionate tax that is harming this crucial community facility.
We should stand up aggressively for competition and against monopoly, and remedy market failure in housing, banking and the privatised utilities.
Modern centre-right politicians should focus on the cost of living, the housing crisis, worklessness, lack of educational attainment, poor quality childcare and welfare dependency.