Decision-makers in London are too far removed from many of the communities they seek to help.
For all the talk of levelling up ex-industrial towns, the contract for the scheme has been awarded to a mammoth Chinese state-owned company.
The term is used to understand the views of people living in traditional Labour heartlands. But it’s more complicated than that.
If health and social care services can be brought together in Wigan, why not in Brighton and Hove?
Most Tory MPs will be seeing large increases in the housing targets for their seats, while many Labour MPs see their local targets reduced.
Giving a boost to Family Hubs would show a genuine commitment to bolstering the social fabric which binds local communities together.
Two elections after this site’s first meeting with Chris Green, the Tory candidate, the Labour vote is so soft that it could lose Bolton North East.
Spending cuts have caused a spirit of innovaton and cultural change in our town halls.
This region shows that Liberal Democrat progress, at the expense of Labour, remains modest.
Instinctively, voters in Leigh will not vote for a candidate that is either from out of town or has a lack of working class attitudes. Sitting in an office does not win any votes here.
I want to commend every single one of you that stood for council or campaigned in any way in this poll.