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Michael_Dugher.jpgLabour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Dugher, will today [Tuesday 8th April] announce that Labour would introduce Regional Ministers for the North East and North West in Government to support Labour’s city-region growth agenda.

In a speech to the IPPR on Tuesday, Michael Dugher will say that only Labour can offer a One Nation platform and deliver jobs and growth in every region.

As part of Labour’s devolution of power to England’s great towns and cities, Regional Ministers would facilitate relationships between Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and central government; advise Ministers on the impact of local and regional policy; bring existing structures and the private sector together to encourage investment; and would be a visible representative of their area in Whitehall.

Regional Ministers would be critical in delivering Labour’s agenda to devolve more power to city-regions and Local Authorities.

Labour would set up a Regional Committee sitting in the Cabinet Office, made up of all Regional Ministers and Chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office to monitor local and regional policy outcomes.

Announcing that Labour would introduce Regional Ministers, Michael Dugher will say:

“Our belief is that regional growth demands sub-regional initiatives, co-ordinated and driven forward at regional level.

“Labour is pledging to introduce Regional Ministers to put the voice of the English regions at the heart of Labour decision-making. They will help to shape policy around local and regional interests with a view to correcting the regional inequalities that have arisen under the Tories.

“Regional Ministers would not be a replica of what came before, but rather would be complementary to our agenda to devolve more power to city-regions.

“Regional Ministers would bring together central government, business and local authorities, advise Ministers on the impact of government policy in the regions and promote inward investment.”

Michael Dugher will also critique David Cameron’s modernising project, pointing to early totemic policies which have been abandoned in government. Michael will contrast David Cameron with Harold Macmillan, showing how he has undermined the Conservatives’ One Nation heritage.

Critiquing David Cameron’s record in government, Michael Dugher will say:

“Like Cameron, Harold Macmillan went to Eton, but Macmillan’s political outlook was shaped by his serving in the First World War, a misery he shared with men from all backgrounds, and as MP for the northern industrial constituency of Stockton-on-Tees. David Cameron stands up for a privileged few not because of where he went to school, but because, unlike Macmillan, he has never really been anywhere else.

“David Cameron has failed to convince his party, because he preferred instead to regularly compromise with his party. One Nation Conservatism now appears little more than a PR exercise that has given way to the re-emergence of divide and rule, core-vote Conservatism.

“David Cameron now clings to the outdated ideology of ‘trickle-down’ economics - a model whereby growing prosperity of a few at the top eventually benefits others, in spite of growing inequalities between classes, ages and regions.

“The result is not just that David Cameron’s Government now occupies the political territory against which he once defined his modernising project. Far worse, the aspirational majority who work hard, pay their taxes, who want to get on and do well, are working harder for less.”

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Harriet Harman and Lee Sherriff try out Carlisle's new ice rinkLabour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Harriet Harman visited Carlisle this Thursday to hear how the Labour City Council is using culture to help the economic recovery of the city.

Ms Harman was invited to Carlisle by Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate, Lee Sherriff. She visited the Old Fire Station before work gets underway to create a new £1million art venue for the city. Harriet and Lee spoke to local artists and heard plans for the forthcoming refurbishment.

Later in the day she met school children enjoying the city's new Ice Skating Rink at Bitts Park.

She completed her visit to Cumbria by campaigning for Labour candidate Christie Bowditch in the Cumbria County Council by-election in Belle Vue.

Harriet Harman said:

“I am very pleased to be visiting Carlisle at the invitation of Lee Sherriff. The Labour council in Carlisle is doing great work in harnessing the opportunities offered to them by the city’s culture to help build an economic recovery for the area.

“Before taking control of the Council in 2012, Labour pledged they would develop a new arts venue for the city and I’m pleased they are delivering on that promise. The plans for the new centre are ambitious, value for money and will enhance the cultural life of Carlisle. It is disappointing that local Tories voted against them.

“I’m also interested to hear how the Council has worked in partnership with the private sector to deliver on a new ice-skating rink.”

Lee Sherriff, Labour candidate for Carlisle said:

“I’m pleased Harriet has been able to visit Carlisle to see how we’re delivering on our vision for the city. We want to use culture and sport to make Carlisle a destination for visitors and a better place for local residents.”

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rsz_catherine_mckinnell.jpgNew figures released by Labour today show that women’s wages in the North East are worth £36.28 less a week since David Cameron and Nick Clegg entered Downing Street.

The figures also show that in every region of the country women’s wages have fallen in real terms with this region demonstrating the largest fall outside of London.

Across the country women have seen an average real terms decline of £26.14 a week in their pay.

Catherine McKinnell, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister and Member of Parliament for Newcastle North, speaking on International Women's Day, said:

"This is yet more evidence of how women of the North East are paying for the Cost of Cameron. It is shocking to see that women in this region have seen the biggest fall in real wages outside of the capital, £10 more than the fall in the other regions. It is quite clear that for women across the country this is no recovery at all.

“Our region's economic future can't be based on a low wage economy. Labour has set out the steps we will take to address this issue, like help with the cost of childcare, incentives for employers paying the Living Wage and cracking down on the exploitative use of zero hour contracts.”

Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities said:

"Things have never been so tough for women and their families. Women’s wages are worth £26 less a week since the election and have fallen for women across every region of the country.

"Women are at the sharp end of the cost of living crisis, they know what it means to have to make the weekly shop stretch that little bit further, or to have to choose between their career and family because the cost of childcare is just too high. For women across the UK this is no recovery at all.

"But instead of supporting women David Cameron and Nick Clegg have tuned women’s voices out. They’ve shut women out of the top table of politics and lost touch with the reality of women’s lives.

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Editor’s notes

1. Between 2010-2013 women’s median gross real weekly earnings fell by £26.14 (5.9%) nationally. Figures adjusted for RPI.

2. Every region of the country has seen a fall in women’s real wages, the North East had the largest decline outside London:

Region (£) change 2010-2013

North East -£36.28
North West -£24.64
Yorkshire and the Humber -£24.75
East Midlands -£23.29
West Midlands -£21.84
South West -£32.33
East -£25.75
London -£53.40
South East -£23.74
Wales -£21.63
Scotland -£18.80

Northern Ireland -£33.38

 

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