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.
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.
It’s critical for it to consult with consumers and industry experts before making big decisions.
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 ideas of that decade are still with us, staggering around like a zombie in a garish “Global Hypercolor” t-shirt.
With Brexit negotiations intensifying, the carmakers’ decision to focus on Sunderland manufacturing gives David Frost great leverage.
If we’re really going solve it and “build better” as Scruton wished then we need massive changes.
Manchester and Birmingham already play host to Conservative Conference. The Party should be much bolder, and move much farther north.
We need to build long-term trust to hold seats like this one. We can win again – but we must deliver.
Ben Houchen, the Tees Valley Mayor, is proving that Conservatives in power can make things happen. Our candidates who were selected early did well.
Ever since the EU referendum, there’s been renewed focus on how to help poorer places. Helpfully there is decades of evidence about what does and doesn’t work.
This hugely important industry is undergoing rapid change. For the region that created the golden age of motoring, that’s an opportunity.
The battlegrounds of the next election, as well as the wider economy, are being shaped by new technology.
They’ll bank what good news they can get, but net losses of councillors and authorities is not what they had hoped for.
Farage urged everyone to prepare for a second referendum, and concluded: “Next time, as far as I’m concerned, it’s no more Mr Nice Guy.”