This would take pressure off the south of England whilst at the same time enhancing the economic prospects of the north of England – a win win for both regions.
Today therefore is about looking at some of these policies,…discussing ones for the future,…and laying the foundations for us to influence the next Manifesto.
We want policies that will make the north stronger but also policies that enhance the whole of the United Kingdom.
We must be imaginative, exciting, practical and conservative in our policy making.
I would conclude by saying this….
Labour thought they had a monopoly on the north, they thought they were invincible, they became arrogant and complacent. The reality was they had little to offer the north of England and indeed to this day, they are bereft of ideas and still have little or nothing to say to the north.
However, we cannot just assume people will vote Conservative because Labour has nothing to say. We have to demonstrate that we have the ideas and policies that will improve the north and people’s lives and communities.
To achieve this, we need a brand that resonates…personalities who represent and identify with the north and can be associated with the north.
But above all we need policies.
Policies which will improve the lives of the people in the north. Making the north stronger and therefore Britain stronger.
Let us therefore today use the panels to come up with the ideas, initiatives and policies which will lead to a northern renaissance and let the north be the success story in the years ahead.
We must build upon these ideas so that come the autumn, we can present a coherent strategy giving a northern agenda to take forward within the national agenda.
If Britain is to truly be a stronger country with a stronger economy, it will only be achieved by making a stronger north.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, and enjoy the rest of the day.