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In the run up to the White Paper on Levelling Up, our interview with the former Chancellor opens this week’s ConHome series on localism.
Osborne must hope Labour moderates hold the thin red line in town halls or he may, like Thatcher, be forced to centralise.
George Osborne’s project, though mocked by some, is already changing the politics of the North, by recruiting influential Labour politicians.
The Chancellor praised senior Labour councillors on Monday. Conservative Warwickshire and Labour Coventry are also showing the benefits of working together.
Its City Deal is an example of what our Government is doing to create and reinforce a virtuous circle of investment, success and prosperity in our urban areas.