Does Labour have a plan for places?

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Centre for Progressive Policy, will feature Alex Norris MP, the Shadow Minister for Levelling Up in conversation. 

The Government’s Levelling Up White Paper, published almost three months ago, is still under scrutiny. In over 350 pages, it offered an analysis of where regional rebalancing, as it used to be called, may have fallen short in the past. From local empowerment, policy delivery and coordination to transparency and accountability, the White Paper set out the problems and potential future approaches, but not yet the solutions.

This time is an opportunity for the opposition to set out its own vision for tackling regional inequality. Whilst Labour has aired its five-point plan for levelling up, mainly focused on jobs and high streets, it hasn’t yet outlined how the party will ensure the UK’s places have sufficient resilience to recover and thrive. With the cost of living rising and the consequences of the pandemic continuing to be felt, the need to tackle place-based inequalities is more urgent than ever. This conversation with Labour’s Shadow Minister for Levelling Up will explore in depth how Labour’s plan for places would work in practice.

Some of the questions posed will include: What is Labour’s plan for levelling up places? What specific investment will Labour prioritise to help level up? How will the plan ensure resilient places in the long term? Does Labour have a vision for devolution to support levelling up?    

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