Whatever the outcome of Sue Gray’s investigation, we must draw a line under the questions being faced by the Government.
Posts Tagged: Durham
Here’s how we combine climate action and nature regeneration with fairness and levelling up.
Guy Opperman: In the North East, Labour’s Red Wall continues to crumble – here’s where we can win next
In my view, no Labour seat in County Durham is safe. The remaining seats all have majorities under 6,000.
Richard Holden: Improving future pensions – and why our next move should be more help for more young workers.
And we chat to the young waiter, the question I’m asking is: “why wait until young people are 22 for auto-enrolment to begin?”
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: Knightmare on Starmer Street. Labour loses control of Durham – held by the party for a century.
In terms of parliamentary seats, CCHQ now needs to be targeting the North East of England much more broadly for the next election.
Richard Holden: The Stockton South Test – and four others for Starmer, as the run-in for next week’s elections gathers pace
Will it be: Keir On Course, So-So Starmer…or a Knightmare for the Labour Party in Hartlepool – and elsewhere?
Richard Holden: This spring’s local elections. For levelling-up to work, we need local councils and leaders who back it.
The sad truth is that many local Labour councils and local bureaucracies don’t want it: they’re scared of it.
The fourth in a series of pieces on ConHome this week, looking forward to the elections this spring.
Richard Holden: The Chancellor shouldn’t try to win a spending arms race with Labour – which we would lose anyway
Perhaps the simplest way of putting it is: it’s all about economic credibility, stupid. Because come 2024, it certainly will be.
Ben Houchen: The Budget. On Wednesday, Sunak must hear the voice of the North – and kickstart a new era of job creation.
The “Red Wall” communities in my area overwhelmingly backed Johnson in the last election, and it’s essential that the faith they put in him is returned.
Richard Holden: Levelling up – 70 years late. The 1950s Labour plan that didn’t deliver improvements we’re campaigning for now.
To my astonishment, the Toft Hill Bypass is there on page 134c – undelivered during over half a century of local Labour dominance.
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: This week’s spending review must show voters in Red Wall seats like mine that they were right to trust us
It’s vital that on education, policing and infrastructure, as much clarity is given as possible to departments as possible in terms of long-term funding.
Darren Grimes: The frustration, bafflement and despair that the lockdown is forcing on my family and friends in the North-East
It is much more than its main urban areas. So the restrictions feel really unfair to some – such as those I know in County Durham.