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City Talks: Politicians on levelling up during the Covid-19 pandemic

Four senior politicians on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the levelling up agenda - and why it's more important than ever.

Podcast published on 8 October 2020

Covid-19 has made the job of levelling up the UK much harder than it was a year ago. While the Government grapples with the economic and public health effects of the pandemic, many of the policies planned to grow cities’ and towns’ economies – from the devolution white paper to the Green Book review – have been postponed.

So what does the future hold for the levelling up agenda and the people and places it was intended to help?

To get a sense of this Andrew Carter spoke to local and national politicians from the two main political parties:

  • Bridget Phillipson MP, Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Councillor Abi Brown, Conservative Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Councillor Peter Lamb, Labour Leader of Crawley Borough Council
  • Ben Bradley MP, Conservative MP for Mansfield

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