New research today by WPI Strategy categorically proves that the business rates burden is highest in northern towns such as Barrow and Leigh.
How can ministers claim to be ‘levelling up’ the country when they are slashing targets for the North and Midlands in favour of the overcrowded South?
Hoyle and Fowler are deeply opposed to the move, but Labour voters in the North of England like the sound of it.
One area that has had relatively little attention, but could get much more, is the behaviour of commercial landlords across the country.
The party is pinned down where it feels at home – in its new heartlands of central London, the middle of major cities and the University towns.
Measuring people’s incomes needs to be part of measuring progress – but we need to be careful, because different measures give different results.
Going from the metropolitan bubble in London to another one elsewhere would be pointless. What about Derby, Stoke or York instead?
The campaign feels better run, including online. People massively prefer Boris Johnson to Corbyn. The question is whether it is enough
As so many elections have shown in the past, both the main parties only win elections when they move into the centre.
Voters in seats outside London and the South-East need to be forced to think about the Tories in a different way.