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Leeds Town Hall, scene of the 'Le Grand Depart' for the Tour de France in 2013, a symbol of urban renewal in the North. (Image: Getty)

Britain must realise George Osborne’s vision of a northern powerhouse

24 June 2014 11:31

If you walk around our great northern cities, you’ll see stunning examples of civic pride. Albert Square in Manchester and Leeds Town Hall reflect resurgent local confidence. Old narratives of… Continue reading

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A minimum wage rise will show the Conservatives are a party for all working people

17 January 2014 8:58

The Chancellor’s announcement that he’s recommending an above average increase in the minimum wage is very welcome news. It’s something Renewal has been campaigning for since our launch in July.… Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher: friend of the unions?

11 September 2013 14:10

When Margaret Thatcher won the 1979 election, she was helped into Downing Street by what many of today’s politicians would regard as an unlikely group of Tory voters. The votes… Continue reading

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David Cameron speaking to guests at a Gay Pride reception in Downing Street. Picture: Getty

Conservative MPs should think twice before voting against equal marriage

5 February 2013 12:16

Equal marriage has provoked anguished internal discussions in the Tory Party. Twenty  Association Chairmen have asked the Prime Minister to backtrack on the proposals and up to 180 MPs are… Continue reading

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Kelvin MacKenzie argued yesterday that the South should stop subsidising the North. Picture: Getty

Don’t set different parts of the UK against each other

4 December 2012 11:44

Kelvin MacKenzie made what I assume is a tongue-in-cheek plea for the formation of a ‘Southern party’ in the Telegraph yesterday. In the piece, he consistently resorts to crude caricature… Continue reading

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How state schools can boost their Olympic chances

3 August 2012 15:00

Lord Moynihan’s comments about the dominance of private school athletes in Team GB have caused a stir.  He suggests that  the fact that half of our medals in Beijing were… Continue reading

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