‘Levelling up’ can only happen if the Government invests tens of billions of pounds more, something that it simply won’t do.
Our party is at a crossroads, and the result of the leadership election will determine whether Labour aspires to be a serious party of government again.
After our worst General Election result since 1935, it is natural that Labour should want to listen, learn, and reflect on what happened.
Local government was right at the front of the queue when the Government started to dole out austerity measures, with councils losing 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government gave to councils in 2010.
The lack of progress on sharing power to a local level has led most councillors to think that this government has forgotten what ‘devolution’ means.
It is difficult to overstate the turbulent state of politics as we head into party conference season.
The need to act on climate change is urgent and real. I’m pleased to see that Labour councils are leading the way in responding to the climate emergency.