David Skelton catalogues the snobbish abuse heaped by progressive intellectuals on workers in neglected towns.
Posts Tagged: Consett
Richard Holden: Why Labour’s grip on seats like mine weakened. And how we can strengthen our own everywhere.
This is a story of institutions, work and habits changing out of recognition – and how we can improve our position and the country once we’re heard.
Richard Holden: This first Johnson year demanded tough short-term decisions. The coming second will demand tough long-term ones.
The towns of the North East, left behind for generations by Labour, will need to see their Conservative MPs forging a durable path to a future.
Richard Holden: The Japan trade deal, future CPTPP membership – deliverers of wages, prosperity and work to my Durham constituents.
They can seem remote from the everyday priorities of people here at home. But at its heart, trade is a powerful way to deliver what people really care about.
Richard Holden: Access to cash. Here in County Durham, it matters to voters. Sunak should help to guarantee it.
For many in my community – particularly those on tight budgets, pensioners, and people trying to manage their way out of debt – cash is what they live by.
We’re crafting together a response to a question for 2024: “who do you want to be governing the country for the next four or five years?”
Richard Holden: Here in Durham, Labour ponder tinkering with statues – while local people yearn for jobs, security and pay
We need to switch from specifying “what’s allowed to open” to “what in the interest of public health needs to continue to be restricted.”
Richard Holden: Why we need Parliament back to deliver immigration control, trade deals, levelling up – and much more.
More delay would playing into the hands of the SNP and other opposition parties who claim that ‘Westminster isn’t delivering.’
Richard Holden: Labour must work with new Red Wall Tory MPs for the common good – or it will be swept aside
Shotley Bridge hospital was mentioned in Parliament three times in ten years by my predecessors; and as often by me in the last six months.
It is absurd and demeaning that we depend on Hancock, or on anyone in London, for the supply of hospital gowns.
Richard Holden: How the Budget will help former Red Wall seats in the north – like the one I represent
The fact that Darlington station was explicitly addressed in his statement is a great sign of how swiftly the Chancellor has mastered the detail of his brief.
Skelton on One Nation, and how Tories must take the lead in reviving towns which have been left to rot
The patriotic, Brexit-voting working class, neglected for decades by Labour, must now be championed by the Conservatives.