The fifth piece in a ConHome series this week on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
Posts Tagged: North East
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.
Neil O’Brien: Introducing the new Levelling Up Taskforce – and its first report on how we can measure progress
So how do we get more good, high-paying jobs into poorer areas? One specific opportunity relevant in a lot of Red Wall seats is advanced manufacturing.
Ben Southwood: The Government’s housing plans need to be refined – not scrapped. They will work if the detail is got right.
These figures will change substantially in the final version of the algorithm, especially because it will take into account green belt restrictions.
James Frayne: Big tax rises would make Tory campaigning impossible – in Red Wall seats as well as traditionally blue ones
The public would catch up when growth slowed and redundancies rose. It would become clear that raising taxes on employers doesn’t help anyone.
Clearly the Government’s model is flawed. But there is no perfect formula for solving this crisis.
Neil O’Brien: The next algorithm disaster – coming to a Conservative constituency near you. This time, it’s housing growth.
Most Tory MPs will be seeing large increases in the housing targets for their seats, while many Labour MPs see their local targets reduced.
The Prime Minister will be rejected by the aspirational working class that voted for him in large numbers if he cannot win this battle.
Andrew Mitchell: I used to be adamantly opposed to all forms of assisted dying. Here’s why I’ve changed my mind.
By the end of these meetings, I was invariably left with the overwhelming feelings that we would not let an animal we loved be treated in such a way.
There are special gains in luxury cars, migration and services – as Australia looks away from the Pacific and we stride in into the wider world.
Workers who are effectively modern slaves have been put into the position of having to choose either to work or starve during lockdown.
I hesitate to disagree with Daniel Finkelstein, but city growth has been powered more by smalltown commuters than flat-cap wearing uber-boheminans.
New opportunities for our exporters, and the foundations for a powerful international partnership with the clout to take on Brussels or Beijing.
Darren Grimes’ proposal to re-open the mines would produce fewer jobs, attract less investment, and sell our region short.
Darren Grimes: Since we must use coal, why import it all – when we could instead create jobs by mining it in the North-East?
In 2018, just to transport 4.7million tonnes of Russian coal was equivalent to a whopping 130 jumbo jets whizzing, non-stop, around the globe for a year.