In a balanced economy, the north would produce around £70 billion more. Here is one way to help close that gap.
James Price: More borrowing and higher taxes are not the only – or even the best – way to free up more money for the NHS.
But some of the reforms listed above would improve the quality of healthcare, save money and set the service on a more long-term footing.
In the wake of the row over an anti-upskirting bill and Chris Chope’s objection, we re-run the author’s 2016 piece calling on the Government to act.
If we want to signal a commitment to sustainable, low-carbon growth strategies, the Government could introduce a green sovereign bond.
Sejal Bhansali: The Sugar Tax is a good start in improving dental health – but we should use education, too
Better information in schools, and perhaps even putting photos of rotten teeth on sugary drinks containers, might help.
Lifting the arbitrary cap on skilled workers would allow British businesses to get the talent they need, when they need it.
Brandon Lewis: Our new moves to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination within the Conservative Party
It is vital that we all work together to fight against an increasingly abusive public discourse – wherever it may come from – that coarsens public debate.
The third piece in our mini-series assessing his performance at DEFRA argues that he is a worthy heir to Tory environmentalism.
Ze’ev Portner: The Conservatives could win over lifelong Labour voters, like me, by championing those trapped on low wages
Middle class Corbynistas are more concerned with the rights of Palestinians than they are with working conditions to be found in an Amazon warehouse in Staffordshire.
This second piece in our mini-series assessing his performance at DEFRA argues that he has taken a few strong first steps – but that real results are needed.
In the first of a mini-series assessing his performance at DEFRA, Gove’s willingness to challenge mighty vested interests is put to the test.
We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained doctors in Europe – 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for France and Germany.
Bob Seely: My housing challenge to think tanks. Devise a strategy that will prize social justice above economic liberalism.
In my constituency, we have a target of just over 640 homes a year. Our housing waiting list is 3,000.
There is no natural majority for independence in Scotland. It will only happen if unionists keep getting it wrong.
If ‘fair play’ is to mean anything, then it is vital that legal redress is available to all – regardless of income or background.