Royal Albert Docks, Liverpool

Labour Party Conference: What can our cities do for the national economy?

At this event we discussed what policymakers at the national, regional and local levels should focus on to ensure growth in cities can flourish and maximise the UK's economic potential.

Event starts at 12:00 - 13:00 on 27 September 2022 at Clore Studio, Tate Liverpool (outside secure zone)

National growth in the UK has been weak for over a decade, and the deepening cost of living crisis is likely to only exacerbate this situation.

To overcome this, policymakers at national, regional and local levels need to focus on supporting the high value-added knowledge intensive industries in which the UK already has comparative advantages. These high value-added businesses are disproportionately located in urban areas meaning cities and large towns have a significant role to play in boosting productivity and economic growth.

This panel discussed what interventions and policies are needed to create the conditions in cities where growth can flourish, the potential for reform at the national and local scale to support this, and how can the public and private sector work together to ensure adequate funding and investment.

Speakers were:

Alison McGovern, Shadow Minister for Employment

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford City Council

Vernon Everitt, Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester

Chair: Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities


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