Like Margaret Thatcher, he does not regard the preservation of the status quo as either morally acceptable or practically possible:
The cost to the taxpayer of institutional care is huge while the outcomes are awful. Finding alternatives should be made a much higher priority.
Throwing taxpayers’ money around fails. What will restore pride to left-behind areas, and create new opportunities, is private initiative.
Decision-makers in London are too far removed from many of the communities they seek to help.
This should have happened a long time ago. We have a larger population than neighbouring cities such as Sunderland, York and Durham.
Backing traditional industries is very far from the electoral liability that strategists fear.
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.
We’re also doing outstanding research into green hydrogen, whose production can become increasingly affordable.
In my view, no Labour seat in County Durham is safe. The remaining seats all have majorities under 6,000.
We left the EU precisely to take back control. Having repatriated power, we mustn’t leave it in the hands of Whitehall functionaries.
The National Prosperity Plan has five core areas to boost the country’s economic recovery and future.
Will it be: Keir On Course, So-So Starmer…or a Knightmare for the Labour Party in Hartlepool – and elsewhere?