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Labour has failed the North East

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October 24, 2013

6:30 pm

The Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR


Steve Richards, political commentator, The Independent

David Skelton, For the motion, director, Renewal UK

David Faulkner, For the motion, Liberal Democrat leader, Newcastle City Council

Joyce Quin, Against the motion, former Labour MP and MEP for Tyne and Wear

Phil Wilson, Against the motion, member of parliament for Sedgefield, Labour Party


The North East of England is Labour’s heartland, where their vote is still wheel barrowed, not carried in on election day. There are only four non-Labour MPs in the region, yet the area remains in terminal economic decline. Many areas have failed to recover from the loss of traditional manufacturing industries. Who is blame, Labour for not reversing the trend or others for causing it in the first place?

The Spectator, in association with Brewin Dolphin, was delighted to bring together some of the country’s finest speakers to debate whether Labour is the cause or solution to the North East’s problems