As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
Good quality office space is far cheaper in Birmingham than London, and the quality of life is higher. The West Midlands is full of battleground parliamentary seats.
147 people were murdered in the capital last year, the highest level since 2008. There were three knife crime murders in Fulham last year, in my constituency.
In the second piece in our mini-series, the Chair of Homes for the North argues that driving public investment in housing towards the South East is not sustainable.
The 2021 Senedd elections are an historic opportunity. Our mission is to devolve as much power as possible to communities – from Cardiff Bay as well as Westminster.
Housing played a small role in the 2019 election, but the first piece in a new mini-series notes that home ownership is the key driver of voter behaviour.
Council Tax is being put up by eight per cent. Yet public lavatories are being closed.
The Whips and CCHQ should utilise the experience of Bretherton, Bradley, Clarke, Hughes and Rowley – all of whom won Labour seats in 2017.
Furthermore, further education (FE) is another pressing concern for new Tory voters.
If we really are becoming the Party of Blue Collar Conservatives, our Party must become the change that we want to see.
The final tally is 330 votes to 231 – a decisive margin.
Business Rates and the planning system contribute to the problem of boarded-up shops in so many of our towns.
We need to build long-term trust to hold seats like this one. We can win again – but we must deliver.
They knew that British Jews were frightened of the prospect of a Corbyn Government. They knew those fears were valid. Yet Phillips and Nandy carried on campaigning.
After the 1983 defeat, Labour’s electoral progress was slow. This time around the Party will face further decline without a bold change in direction.