The next Labour leader must realise that manufacturing is not the answer to the North’s economic woes

Paul Swinney writes in LabourList about the Labour leadership contest and the party's ideas on rebalancing the economy

Press release published on 11 August 2016 by Paul Swinney

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith will lock horns again tonight in the latest Labour leadership hustings in Gateshead, when one of the big topics will be how the two candidates plan to boost the economic performance of the North.

But while many of the ideas put forward by Corbyn and Smith in hustings so far could have a positive impact for the region – such as new investment funds and commitments on transport investment – there remains a danger that by dwelling on the economic history of the North, neither has fully grasped what it will take to equip people who live there to thrive in the future.

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