Last October, ConservativeHome covered the launch of Amber Rudd MP’s report on localism in the planning process. Amber’s report was the first in a series of papers being put together by some of the Forty Group of MPs.
Today I have published my contribution for the Forty Group’s on the North-South divide. This is a more in depth study of a subject on which I wrote a short article for ConservativeHome in June last year.
That there is a North-South divide is clear. And that divide grew under Labour.
Why does it matter? Firstly, that gap creates a sense of unfairness and disunity. But in more utilitarian terms it is a story of untapped economic potential. Plus, we must not rely on just one region or a very few sectors to drive our economy; the financial crash of 2008 has demonstrated the need for a rebalanced economy. Diversifying UK plc and doing more to spread growth more evenly around the country is important for future stability.