Budget 2021: Funding for Tory-held towns 'looks fishy,' says Starmer
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,919
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends allocations from the Towns Fund as "completely impartial".
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Does not surprise me
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04/03/2021 16:42:29 3 9
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That guy complains about everything they do.
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Cap'n hindsight looking increasingly like yesterday's man before he came anywhere near becoming today's man....
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04/03/2021 17:20:43 3 0
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But when Johnson falls he will be tomorrow’s man
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Most towns ARE Conservative after the last election!
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04/03/2021 16:19:22 20 4
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But not 89% of them!
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04/03/2021 16:23:02 4 2
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No they’re not: they don’t hold 90% of all seats. That’s ridiculous
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04/03/2021 16:18:44 51 39
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no surprise it always Tory plans to fund Tory areas

and that is why the country is failing and falling apart
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04/03/2021 16:18:51 11 11
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As Mandy Rice Davis said, 'he would say that wouldn't he'.
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04/03/2021 16:19:05 2 18
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Being leader of the opposition seems to have aged Starmer remarkably....
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cant get hair dye
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04/03/2021 16:17:45 14 20
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Most towns ARE Conservative after the last election!
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04/03/2021 16:19:22 20 4
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But not 89% of them!
Of course it's fishy: tory spivs are involved. Removed
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How's Rishi's wife and her non-dom tax status by the way............
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04/03/2021 16:19:56 5 3
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Fundamental truth about getting elected:

There are more constituencies outside of major cities than inside of them. People outside of major cities tend to have money and stable lives. So to win a general election, you have to appeal to people who generally don't want to help out those less fortunate than them because they believe it'll result in tax rises for them (rightly or wrongly).
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04/03/2021 16:20:04 2 10
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Well I'm not complaining
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04/03/2021 16:19:56 4 14
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I assume that his focus group told him to remove his tie to look like 'the people'.
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04/03/2021 16:24:30 9 1
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He could mess up his hair to achieve that, but that would just make someone look silly, huh?
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04/03/2021 16:20:23 7 5
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fishy my
*ss- pure gerrymandering,as ever - economy will bury torys socialist.net/economics
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04/03/2021 16:21:07 71 58
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This is normal Tory practice though. Bournemouth for example, Really!! This budget was only ever intended to help one section of society - the rich. The rest of us will be paying off the Government’s magic money tree money for the rest of our lives
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04/03/2021 16:30:55 38 9
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The whole of the North has seen decades of underinvestment - not just those that voted Tory in 2019.
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04/03/2021 16:43:35 7 9
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At least they're going to be doing something in those towns in the North East, North West, Yorkshire & Humber and East Midlands - all of which are deprived. Labour did nothing.
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I've lived in Bournemouth for 36 years and it's always been a dump, full of druggies, homeless and other losers. This is a town that's always voted Tory. They deserve what they get.

Personally speaking it's better to bomb the whole town and rebuild it.

I can't wait to get away from HMP Bournemouth once the restrictions have eased.
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04/03/2021 17:57:33 3 2
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the part of Bournemouth earmarked for regeneration is the part which the poorest people live in (and doesn't vote Conservative)
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04/03/2021 18:12:40 2 0
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If you are under the impression that Bournemouth is wealthy you are deluded. Like every town there are wealthy enclaves but it also has residents who rely on local tourism for employment which has been dying for years and is virtually non-existent in the present.
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You have to be alive before you can pay the money tree. Fool
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04/03/2021 16:21:07 20 25
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Keir, these were poor areas that were once safe Labour seats that threw you out because your lot did nothing but now you complain that they are getting help ?

You just can't make nonsense like this up.
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04/03/2021 16:32:26 9 1
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I suspect that many of these so called Red Wall seats are already starting to think they have made a very large whoopsy, also they can be called really stupid to think that the Tories will make their lives better, they did not for Over a Century, and they FORGOT who got them the Welfare State and the NHS, Traitors all.
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"Because your lot did nothing" .... And who exactly has been in power for the last 10 years? Who ran the austerity program that made Northern towns even poorer?
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04/03/2021 16:21:10 44 21
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Alternatively, Tory-run towns are more in need of regeneration than areas controlled by other parties?
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04/03/2021 16:23:20 30 7
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Haha
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04/03/2021 16:26:49 11 1
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Wanna buy some Magic Beans? 2-4-1 today only..........
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04/03/2021 16:31:49 8 4
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Wow! That’s a level of ‘thinking’ that is really so far off the scale it beggars belief. Ignorance truly is bliss.
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04/03/2021 18:13:21 3 2
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Haha - clown
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04/03/2021 18:20:40 1 2
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Because of Tory policies and Tory austerity which actually increased the deficit
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04/03/2021 18:27:48 1 0
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If that were the case, then they obviously would have stuck to the criteria as drawn up - but they did not.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/56283199
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04/03/2021 18:49:50 1 0
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Your statement has some merit

Our Tory run town does things to please the Tory government, cut services, highbrow investments, that serve few. Schools run out of cash, social services over stretched.
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04/03/2021 16:21:21 119 30
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The original list was 60 out of 61 Tory held or targeted. Peterborough got a nice freebie being a swing seat, and money was passed onto Hilton group in the form of an interest free loan to build a hotel! Hilton of course can’t spare 20 million and need the interest break too
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04/03/2021 16:28:54 17 3
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Touche
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04/03/2021 18:13:00 1 0
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Chinese owned Hilton I believe
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04/03/2021 16:21:25 12 32
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Not surprised at all considering how badly Labour performed in the elections - but yet more negative spin from the Brussels Broadcasting Corporation - I cannot wait until it is stripped of its licence & has to compete for customers like other channels ! ??
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Judging by the rate they are losing viewers, it will not be long now.

I stopped watching the BBC some time ago and very few people in my group of friends ever bother with BBC news - it is seen as woke and completely Left biased.
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04/03/2021 16:21:50 7 27
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Perhaps one day Starmer will come up with some ideas of his own, rather than simply criticise anything the Tories do.
This is why Labour will never challenge in a General Election.
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04/03/2021 16:23:39 15 2
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Really lame Tory blast
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04/03/2021 16:28:17 2 0
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oh, blow me down with a little pansy, oh you are awful!
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04/03/2021 16:35:33 5 0
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So... corruption is fine if it’s by the Tories. Gutter standards- both from the Tories and their hypocritical, bigoted supporters.
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04/03/2021 16:21:55 12 23
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You forget Mr Starmer very few people voted for you they see you as fishy.
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04/03/2021 16:27:08 5 4
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correct me if I am wrong but are the labour party and the Unions not chummies why has no reporter asked how much the Unions are contribution to their members in their time of need now that is fishy
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04/03/2021 16:27:21 0 0
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old trout you are, that is fishy
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04/03/2021 16:30:28 1 0
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Thought he had about 28000 majority at the last election
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04/03/2021 16:33:32 2 2
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Whereas corruption among Tories is perfectly acceptable. Such vicious hypocritical bigots.
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04/03/2021 16:21:55 165 8
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It shouldn't be about which party represents the area, its about the need to assist towns/villages/cities that are struggling or showing signs they will struggle.
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04/03/2021 16:26:28 134 16
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Correct. While I agree with the sentiment of leveling up it shouldn't just be targeted at those seats that turned from Red to Blue at the last election.

The whole of the North gas seen decades of underinvestment - not just those that voted Tory in 2019.
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04/03/2021 16:36:00 8 5
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And some of these towns REALLY don’t struggle! Open your eyes
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04/03/2021 17:23:29 5 4
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two thirds of constituencies in England are controlled by the conservative so it really isn't that surprising.
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04/03/2021 18:13:03 1 0
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It shouldn't be about which party represents the area, its about the need to assist towns/villages/cities that are struggling or showing signs they will struggle.

I suggest you read a bit of UK history and see who gains / who loses when politics are involved.

Often the "against" were literally slaughtered, loser chiefs executed.

Politics from Westminster are rooted from William The Conqueror.
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04/03/2021 16:21:58 15 9
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If it looks like a fish and quacks like a fish...
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Transparency in government has always been a pack of lies and always leads to cronyism. Feed the public shit and hope they don't ask questions Removed
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04/03/2021 16:40:41 33 20
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Or do what the Scottish "government" does. Just don't answer the questions and ignore the public completely.
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04/03/2021 16:22:42 9 19
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Well I suppose Labour thinks that distraction is better than explaining what they’d do in these dire circumstances. He is about as relevant and as effective as Jeremy Corbyn.
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04/03/2021 16:22:44 17 15
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Instead of welcoming the news that many struggling towns across the country are to receive funding to help them, Labour complains it is a fix!

101 towns on the original list to get funding. Most of Labour constituencies in larger cities, so stands to reason in a large Conservative majority across the country that most towns will be Conservative?
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04/03/2021 16:25:15 4 1
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Most agreed not nearly 90% though
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04/03/2021 16:30:27 2 2
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Wow! That’s about as plausible as the Brexit lines... which - and I’ll take a really, really wild guess - that you happily swallowed those too..
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04/03/2021 16:23:02 8 16
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Sir Keir, if you want your red wall back you are going to have to make AND KEEP policy promises that appeal to the majority of the UK poulation. And don't field any more communists.
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04/03/2021 16:25:58 5 6
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Why field communists when the Tories are now putting them in the House of Lords?
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04/03/2021 16:26:46 2 0
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Pretty stuffed then, he's got to get elected to keep promises, and he can't get elected till he does
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04/03/2021 16:17:45 14 20
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Most towns ARE Conservative after the last election!
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04/03/2021 16:23:02 4 2
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No they’re not: they don’t hold 90% of all seats. That’s ridiculous
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04/03/2021 16:23:10 269 43
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To be fair it is entirely possible for these towns to be picked on the metrics and also be overwhelmingly Tory, because left-behind towns tended to be pro-Brexit and swung Tory in 2019 off the Brexit vote.

That said, the National Audit Office have concerns and they are an independent body whose job it is to keep an eye on government spending, so this shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.
Yeah. 40 out of 45 constituencies. 40 out of 45 - and even when it’s this blatant they are excused by their equally corrupt supporters. Removed
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It is possible. But very improbable.
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04/03/2021 16:58:02 34 9
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You forget to notice, these areas were selected before the 2019GE, in the September
14 were Labour when selected but became Con after the GE.
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04/03/2021 17:47:06 6 3
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If it were fair, then why wouldn't the metrics be published?

And yet countless posters here are defending this. About 86% of the constituencies chosen are conservative, which is heavily skewed. As the article states, for Sunak's constituency to be included is laughable, as anyone who has been there would know, there are so many poorer areas in the country - but without conservative MPs!
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The affluent Richmond in Yorkshire was left behind? How do you work that out?
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Haha - sure...........buying votes is what it is.
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If this is true why won't they publish the criteria?
05/03/2021 12:41:35 0 0
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No point funding so-called 'Red Wall' constituencies when the working-age population were forced out to seek opportunities in urban areas (myself and most of my peers included- Bishop Auckland to Newcastle in my case) and the remaining inhabitants are mainly asset-rich pensioners and Gen X junkies with sick notes, none of whom are going to be around for much longer.
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04/03/2021 16:23:14 14 17
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The conservatives won many more seats than labour at the last election, so it's not surprising the treasury finds it hard to allocate funds to labour seats, as there aren't many!
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04/03/2021 16:26:07 13 3
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Tory won 90% of all seats. Wow that’s impressive, oh wait...no they didn’t
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04/03/2021 16:27:09 6 1
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40 out of 45 constituencies. 40 out of 45. And that’s the quality of ‘thinking’ response that gives the Tories the confidence to get their snouts in every trough. Shameful corrupt people, including those who blindly excuse them.
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04/03/2021 16:23:17 28 21
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Normal Tory behaviour especially when there are some Mayoral and local Government elections coming up.
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Mansfield a prime example
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04/03/2021 16:23:17 48 12
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And then there is the HM Treasury move to the Tory seat of Darlington (pop 92,000).
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Which is excellent news for the once thriving industrial town of Darlington and the wider Tees valley area.

I thought that the government might have gone for Glasgow for the Treasury - what better way to show commitment to the union than move in a govt department that represents the whole of the UK. Perhaps the MOD will move there when they announce that review next week.
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04/03/2021 16:35:25 5 2
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load of bollocks
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Darlington that had it's economy decimated by the end of the steel and coal industry in the area in the 80s and 90s and only recently started to recover?
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Darlington - a Tory seat must have happened in 2019. NE was red red red walll!
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Formerly a red stronghold, unfortunately Labour b'ggrd it up by forcing in an incumbent who hated the area, fotoshopped herself onto an image of the high st and basically made clear we were something she trod on.......and after being sent away with BFH she turned up as starters leadership bid manager, zero impact for messing up.
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04/03/2021 18:05:42 5 4
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Of course that newly Tory seat just happens to be next to the Chancellor's own constituency.

Uncanny that it should have won the selection process!
05/03/2021 10:27:51 2 1
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Yep
Darlington: within spitting distance of Rishi's house in Richmond
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05/03/2021 12:28:58 1 1
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That's just convenient for Rishi to pop into the office - he lives virtually next door!!
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When I was working there, there were loads of people arriving by trains to department of education from London and staying in hotels for the week. Must be costing millions every year. Same will happen with treasury.
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04/03/2021 16:21:10 44 21
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Alternatively, Tory-run towns are more in need of regeneration than areas controlled by other parties?
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Haha
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Perhaps one day Starmer will come up with some ideas of his own, rather than simply criticise anything the Tories do.
This is why Labour will never challenge in a General Election.
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04/03/2021 16:23:39 15 2
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Really lame Tory blast
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I presume hindsight from captain hindsight again
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I presume you don’t know what hindsight means as it’s not happened yet.
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With Hindsight, you are very wrong!
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At least it is not being channelled into the London money pit.
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But it is. This £1bn is chicken feed compared to the money London gets.
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Actually on the sort of metrics they are talking about, London should be gettig mst of the money as it has lost most in the pandemic.
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04/03/2021 17:11:50 17 4
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Money pit? You realise £36bn went from being earned in London to the rest of the UK? Quite clearly the opposite of a money pit
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04/03/2021 17:53:09 2 0
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Spent a lifetime watching money and resources being siphoned out of my part of the south to help the north. Now we have no public transport to speak of and roads (with foot-deep potholes) so bad they are rapidly becoming impassable.

Sick of it! And sick of the Tories.

Would vote for regional government in a heartbeat. It will not only be the north that can 'take back control'.
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London is our capital, or had you forgotten that?
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London is not a money pit. The North however is.
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London is providing you and the fishermen with these handouts.
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Add up the costs of HS2, rebuilding the Houses of Parliament & Buckingham Palace and this injection of cash is loose change in comparison.
05/03/2021 14:31:39 1 0
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The London/South east is the only region in the country were tax receipts are greater than public expenditure. As an aside Guildford pays more inheritance tax than Wales and Northern Ireland put together.
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04/03/2021 16:19:56 4 14
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I assume that his focus group told him to remove his tie to look like 'the people'.
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04/03/2021 16:24:30 9 1
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He could mess up his hair to achieve that, but that would just make someone look silly, huh?
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04/03/2021 16:24:52 5 10
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By the rationale of those criticizing fund allocations, the following would have to apply:
1 - money goes to Tory-held constituencies - it's fishy, they're rewarding their voters!
2 - Money goes to Labour-held constituencies - it's fishy, they're suborning our voters!
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04/03/2021 16:24:58 152 88
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I see Tory hq have tried to explain away this fraud. It’s even been flagged up by national audit office as deceitful. No the Tory party don’t rule every town, not even close. This is more fishy business by the most corrupt government this country has ever seen.
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Is it the same NAO who said there was a PPE shortage when Hancock said there wasn't?

Never trust a Tory kids...........
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04/03/2021 16:35:54 9 17
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Don't you mean the "most corrupt Government - apart from all Labour Governments, "

They would not even change the boundary lines ensuring they had a totally undemocratic and unfair advantage. Hypocrites.
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05/03/2021 11:00:27 2 0
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If this government is corrupt how is Tony Blair's so worth 70 million plus hard work ha ha
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04/03/2021 16:25:04 9 18
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Is it really the job of the opposition party to go against everything the government does?

How about coming up with ideas of your own and backing good ideas from which ever side of the house they come from.

Labours starting to sound like a broken record.
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04/03/2021 16:35:08 4 0
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they have try doing a modicum of research
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04/03/2021 16:22:44 17 15
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Instead of welcoming the news that many struggling towns across the country are to receive funding to help them, Labour complains it is a fix!

101 towns on the original list to get funding. Most of Labour constituencies in larger cities, so stands to reason in a large Conservative majority across the country that most towns will be Conservative?
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04/03/2021 16:25:15 4 1
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Most agreed not nearly 90% though
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04/03/2021 16:29:39 2 1
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They have conveniently not mentioned that there were 101 towns on the original list - you can see these on the link. Not sure how many of these are Conservative, but when England outside of most cities is all blue, it is not surprising!
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'But Boris Johnson said the funding process was "completely impartial".'
Johnson wouldn't know 'impartial' if it bit him. He's, as ever, being disingenuous to say the least.
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Boris telling 'untruths' - surly not.
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Any evidence for anything you say?
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04/03/2021 16:41:45 10 5
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Don't know if you've seen the election map, but maybe it's news to you that most TOWNS votes conservative.
This is not a cities fund, who already get the lions share of funding.

Smaller towns have been underfunded for a very long time and it's showing.

Have you seen Swindon lately? The place is falling to pieces. Labour run city districts, such as Wembley, are doing very well on their own.
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Ha ha so well said
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MANCHESTER HAS HAD £1.6b due to investing in Manchester Airport. £1.6B EXTRA , Labour should stick to the facts
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04/03/2021 17:04:12 6 10
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"He's, as ever, being disingenuous to say the least"

Says the person spouting spurious and unfounded platitudes.
05/03/2021 11:08:20 2 0
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Massive poll boost yesterday for Johnson. You lefties really are becoming an insignificant minority.
05/03/2021 13:29:45 0 1
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Those of us who have lived through 80s and 90s have seen all this before, there is nothing unusual about this it is take straight from the Conservative playbook.

The only time people wake up and see the truth its normally past due time, a crisis happens and the government put on a shine of (the British bulldog) to garner the people behind them gains time, this time we have Brexit and the pandemic
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04/03/2021 16:23:48 6 24
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I presume hindsight from captain hindsight again
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04/03/2021 16:25:28 13 2
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I presume you don’t know what hindsight means as it’s not happened yet.
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04/03/2021 16:25:30 70 59
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It is fishy, a fish rots from the head down.

The corruption of this government plain to see apart from the deluded, fast turning the UK into a Banana Republic
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04/03/2021 16:28:43 19 28
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Sneering at countries whose main export is bananas, eh?
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I think you'll find that's just Scotchland
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Well...accusing the tories of bribery...I've never heard such a thing...no wait a minute...that's what they always do isn't it!
All the buddy backhanders being dished out for uncontested tenders, to shipping companies...without ships...NHS suppliers...who've never supplied anything before...train company franchises...to unexperienced providers...the list is now complete with 'town buddies' too
Wow
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04/03/2021 16:33:20 62 7
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I agree with the sentiment of leveling up it shouldn't just be targeted at those seats that turned from Red to Blue at the last election. It is the whole of the North that has seen decades of underinvestment - not just those that voted Tory in 2019.
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Everything listed out and Bojo still ahead in the polls. Perhaps Starmer, Dodds, Ashworth etc aren’t connecting with the public. Time for a major rethink if you’re Labour
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04/03/2021 16:39:47 6 6
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What about what Labour did when it was in power which was to massively improve the size of the public sector to hide unemployment so that in some areas, notably Labour ones, as much as 50% of the workforce was employed in the public sector?
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04/03/2021 16:42:12 6 5
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Labour left these places to rot when in power and never directed funds towards areas that have now abandoned them because they were fed up of Labour taking them for granted. Starmer is viewing this from the wrong angle - he should be trying to win these seats back not using them as a political football.
Removed
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04/03/2021 16:25:47 86 15
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So ...... nothing for the actual South West then ? People only remember Devon and Cornwall when they want a holiday.
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Cuts both ways

Emits and grockles are great when they spend money down there

As long as they go away afterwards
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04/03/2021 16:35:12 10 10
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During the first lockdown, there were several heart-warming reports by Devon and Cornwall Police of attempted lynchings of people who lived there but that certain locals thought talked a bit different. Anyway, you've got your fishing industry 'back'. You can finally get on with that 'standing on your own feet' you like going on about! Why on earth would you want handouts from my tax money as well?
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04/03/2021 16:41:36 14 9
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Devon and Cornwall relied heavily on EU grants.
It's their own fault - they voted to leave.
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04/03/2021 16:42:27 6 4
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I've been to Devon/Cornwall three times in my life. On each occasion both counties appear to be closed. If I want a holiday, it will never be there again. I will go where the locals are polite, helpful and make tourists feel welcome.
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I'd sooner swap boring Bournemouth for Devon any day. Just because a town gets government funding doesn't make living in the place any better.
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The South West is always ignored. It is as if the region doesn't exist to the rest of the country and we just get labelled as part as "The South" and assume we are as well off as those in the South East, which is not even remotely true.

Many places here are poorer and more run down than that in the North.
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Your fishermen are being given tax payer handouts for something they voted for
05/03/2021 22:24:27 0 0
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The south west is also much more than just Devon and Cornwall. What about Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire? They have their fair share of deprived areas too.
45
Bob
04/03/2021 16:25:54 28 23
bbc
Conservatives hold the majority of locations.
Majority of locations in receipt of the money are Conservative-held.

Nothing fishy there.

Perhaps if Labour had more seats...
130
04/03/2021 16:36:46 11 4
bbc
The Conservatives don't hold nearly 90% of the seats in the country
25
04/03/2021 16:23:02 8 16
bbc
Sir Keir, if you want your red wall back you are going to have to make AND KEEP policy promises that appeal to the majority of the UK poulation. And don't field any more communists.
46
04/03/2021 16:25:58 5 6
bbc
Why field communists when the Tories are now putting them in the House of Lords?
47
04/03/2021 16:26:04 8 11
bbc
pure tory bribes wont fool 5 yr old. Economy will bury them socialist.net/economy
28
04/03/2021 16:23:14 14 17
bbc
The conservatives won many more seats than labour at the last election, so it's not surprising the treasury finds it hard to allocate funds to labour seats, as there aren't many!
48
04/03/2021 16:26:07 13 3
bbc
Tory won 90% of all seats. Wow that’s impressive, oh wait...no they didn’t
49
04/03/2021 16:26:18 90 46
bbc
Starmer needs to blame Corbyn not Sunak! Labour are basically extinct in all but the major cities so funds based on helping small towns are always going to be focused on Conservative areas.
510
04/03/2021 17:48:49 3 4
bbc
Yep giving free access to the NHS a real vote winner Mr Corbyn. The bill payers will love that one.
617
04/03/2021 18:09:30 4 1
bbc
Blame the Government not someone else. It is because of people like you that we have the issues.....yawn
20
04/03/2021 16:21:55 165 8
bbc
It shouldn't be about which party represents the area, its about the need to assist towns/villages/cities that are struggling or showing signs they will struggle.
50
04/03/2021 16:26:28 134 16
bbc
Correct. While I agree with the sentiment of leveling up it shouldn't just be targeted at those seats that turned from Red to Blue at the last election.

The whole of the North gas seen decades of underinvestment - not just those that voted Tory in 2019.
252
04/03/2021 16:51:46 9 7
bbc
It isn't just seats that turned from Red to Blue though! there are seats that are Labour now and where before the last election, Castleford, Rochdale for example. Considering there was a sea of Blue because of Labour doing so badly in the election, it shouldn't come as a shock that Conservative seats will get funding!
384
04/03/2021 17:20:18 5 2
bbc
Be careful what you wish for. For the price of a 2 bedroom flat in London you can buy 3 decent houses up north. Also we have traffic jams (you'll have seen them on the telly), over crowding and lots of crime. I'm moving up there as soon as I sell my house.
743
04/03/2021 18:43:21 1 1
bbc
And of course that underinvestment started as a policy back in the 1980s
Now who was in power then?
869
04/03/2021 20:05:15 3 3
bbc
Agreed! The fact that many of these places have been run (into the ground) by Labour Councils for decades seems to have gone unnoticed! Imran Khan (Con) won the Wakefield Central constituency but it is the inept Wakefield Labour Council, I assume, who will decide how any funds are spent! I just hope they are held to account for how they spend it.
05/03/2021 09:25:31 0 0
bbc
There's a good reason why they turned from Red to Blue.
05/03/2021 14:28:30 0 0
bbc
Certainly not during the Labour years.
25
04/03/2021 16:23:02 8 16
bbc
Sir Keir, if you want your red wall back you are going to have to make AND KEEP policy promises that appeal to the majority of the UK poulation. And don't field any more communists.
51
04/03/2021 16:26:46 2 0
bbc
Pretty stuffed then, he's got to get elected to keep promises, and he can't get elected till he does
52
04/03/2021 16:26:49 9 13
bbc
no one care any mote what starmer says

Stay as leader though great job and all the other idiots as well
great opposition
142
04/03/2021 16:37:49 8 0
bbc
Try make some sense stay off the juice
15
04/03/2021 16:21:10 44 21
bbc
Alternatively, Tory-run towns are more in need of regeneration than areas controlled by other parties?
53
04/03/2021 16:26:49 11 1
bbc
Wanna buy some Magic Beans? 2-4-1 today only..........
54
04/03/2021 16:27:02 16 18
bbc
To be fair you could stick a pin in a map with a blindfold and you’ll probably hit a conservative constituency.

Starmer needs to keep working on his jokes.
83
04/03/2021 16:31:08 7 5
bbc
There is only one joke in politics and that is the Owl of the Remove or the prime clown or BJ etc.
121
04/03/2021 16:35:45 2 3
bbc
Starmer is a joke.
19
04/03/2021 16:21:55 12 23
bbc
You forget Mr Starmer very few people voted for you they see you as fishy.
55
04/03/2021 16:27:08 5 4
bbc
correct me if I am wrong but are the labour party and the Unions not chummies why has no reporter asked how much the Unions are contribution to their members in their time of need now that is fishy
202
04/03/2021 16:43:57 0 0
bbc
I agree. Especially twice weekly covid test to their members , I.e teaching staff, police, supermarket staff transport workers postmen etc. Have they put their hands in their pockets and provided medical masks ,visors, screen etc. No they haven't.
28
04/03/2021 16:23:14 14 17
bbc
The conservatives won many more seats than labour at the last election, so it's not surprising the treasury finds it hard to allocate funds to labour seats, as there aren't many!
56
04/03/2021 16:27:09 6 1
bbc
40 out of 45 constituencies. 40 out of 45. And that’s the quality of ‘thinking’ response that gives the Tories the confidence to get their snouts in every trough. Shameful corrupt people, including those who blindly excuse them.
57
04/03/2021 16:27:15 137 38
bbc
Added to the VIP funding of Covid bids - which definitely smelled of fish - the whole thing needs looking at. Publish the criteria and then we'll believe it's fair. After all - it's OUR money!
206
jon
04/03/2021 16:44:32 130 66
bbc
Labours worst election defeat in 30 years. Is it any surprise that many are now Tory held?
277
04/03/2021 16:55:55 4 1
bbc
Please don't mention the word fish.
05/03/2021 09:11:45 0 0
bbc
No. You and many others voted them in, so it’s now their money!
19
04/03/2021 16:21:55 12 23
bbc
You forget Mr Starmer very few people voted for you they see you as fishy.
58
04/03/2021 16:27:21 0 0
bbc
old trout you are, that is fishy
59
04/03/2021 16:27:58 12 16
bbc
As fishy as the many millions that went to Labour constituencies, especially in the north east, when Tony Blair was PM. Starmer really has got a cheek.
70
04/03/2021 16:29:38 8 5
bbc
Produce your evidence.
90
04/03/2021 16:32:19 1 1
bbc
Aye like Gordon Brown nicking our johnnie walker factory which shock horror ended up in his constituancy
60
04/03/2021 16:28:04 27 19
bbc
This Gov't will do or say whatever it takes to stay ahead in the polls.
It is their most defining characteristic as strategized by Dominic Cummings.
It will also, ultimately, be their downfall...but the damage will remain long after they've gone.
84
04/03/2021 16:31:16 18 19
bbc
Whose Dominic Cummings? They don`t need to say or do anything to stay ahead in the polls. All they need his Starmer to remain as leader of his tin pot opposition until the next GE.
61
04/03/2021 16:28:10 16 10
bbc
No surprise is it?
Self interest begets more self interest.
Just look at how the wealthy have contributed extra to the NHS, schools, the poorest... oh no, wait, what do you mean they haven't?
18
04/03/2021 16:21:50 7 27
bbc
Perhaps one day Starmer will come up with some ideas of his own, rather than simply criticise anything the Tories do.
This is why Labour will never challenge in a General Election.
62
04/03/2021 16:28:17 2 0
bbc
oh, blow me down with a little pansy, oh you are awful!
27
04/03/2021 16:23:10 269 43
bbc
To be fair it is entirely possible for these towns to be picked on the metrics and also be overwhelmingly Tory, because left-behind towns tended to be pro-Brexit and swung Tory in 2019 off the Brexit vote.

That said, the National Audit Office have concerns and they are an independent body whose job it is to keep an eye on government spending, so this shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.
Yeah. 40 out of 45 constituencies. 40 out of 45 - and even when it’s this blatant they are excused by their equally corrupt supporters. Removed
191
04/03/2021 16:42:35 37 3
bbc
As someone who lives in the north I see nowhere in the list of towns in the North East, North West, Yorshire and Humber or East Midlands who is not an area that's suffered for decades.
264
04/03/2021 16:53:41 3 4
bbc
Lol
287
04/03/2021 16:58:18 25 2
bbc
Lots of places that had never voted Tory b4 did in 2019 - pllaces like Grimsby - first time in 70 years !!!!!
429
04/03/2021 17:31:23 0 3
bbc
Who is in charge? Labour?
566
04/03/2021 17:58:59 3 2
bbc
Which constituencies that Labour actually won do you think should have been included. The problem is that Labour lost a lot of its support outside the big cities. Places like Mansfield are deprived and are places that Labour should win if they ever want to govern the country. Corbyn was a disaster for Labour
613
04/03/2021 18:08:51 1 0
bbc
Because anyone who disagrees with you MUST be corrupt mustn't they?

I am a Green but I find the kind of aggressive argument you make just drives people to the Tories. People who argue this way are one of the reasons the Tories win.

I live in Swindon; it's got Tory MPs/Council but it has become massively run down over last 20 years. It never gets central funds. Why should it not get them?
797
04/03/2021 19:18:20 1 0
bbc
Well Jamster, these traditional Labour voting constituencies voted Tory after decades of disappointment under a variety of Labour Governments. At last a Government that honours its promises. Maybe if Blair, Brown, Corbyn hadn’t taken the traditional Labour vote for granted it would be different. No bias just a government trying to make a difference.
05/03/2021 11:03:50 0 0
bbc
Jamster, apply some logic to your moans please. It is entirely possible, even probable, that these 40 were former Labour strongholds that NEVER received ANY help from their so-called allies and all this is doing is REALLY levelling up for decades of under-funding (and yes, underfunding from both major parties but where it was the expected norm for the Tories it shouldn't have been under Labour)!!
05/03/2021 12:00:35 0 0
bbc
So by your assumption, the majority of the electorate is corrupt?
05/03/2021 12:08:47 0 0
bbc
Genuine question, how many of those were Labour pre 2019 GE?
05/03/2021 14:43:59 0 1
bbc
If Labour had done better in the general election they might have had more....
44
Sgb
04/03/2021 16:25:47 86 15
bbc
So ...... nothing for the actual South West then ? People only remember Devon and Cornwall when they want a holiday.
64
04/03/2021 16:28:40 57 10
bbc
Cuts both ways

Emits and grockles are great when they spend money down there

As long as they go away afterwards
05/03/2021 02:18:38 0 1
bbc
"Emits and grockles are great when..."

I like them most when I can see the back of them as they leave.

2nd home owners are more of a mixed blessing. Probably of most use to the local affluent as they help keep up house prices and the better shops/restaurants/etc. in business.
05/03/2021 14:37:50 0 0
bbc
Or as a friend of mine, who's wife is cornish, and owns a second home in her home town, said to his sister-in-law "I suppose you'd like us to drive to the Tamar Bridge, chuck our wallets in a bin and go home".
42
04/03/2021 16:25:30 70 59
bbc
It is fishy, a fish rots from the head down.

The corruption of this government plain to see apart from the deluded, fast turning the UK into a Banana Republic
65
04/03/2021 16:28:43 19 28
bbc
Sneering at countries whose main export is bananas, eh?
137
04/03/2021 16:36:58 8 4
bbc
They are free to sneer back as a country that has a fishing industry that can't manage to export its own fish to anyone!
585
04/03/2021 18:02:36 3 0
bbc
Not even you can be stupid enough to believe that.
66
04/03/2021 16:28:50 6 8
bbc
Oh boo hoo.

In hindsight maybe .......
16
04/03/2021 16:21:21 119 30
bbc
The original list was 60 out of 61 Tory held or targeted. Peterborough got a nice freebie being a swing seat, and money was passed onto Hilton group in the form of an interest free loan to build a hotel! Hilton of course can’t spare 20 million and need the interest break too
67
04/03/2021 16:28:54 17 3
bbc
Touche
68
04/03/2021 16:29:12 16 21
bbc
Lesson learned don't vote Labour, what's the issue?
91
04/03/2021 16:32:26 4 2
bbc
A one party failed state in four pieces
103
04/03/2021 16:33:38 5 0
bbc
The issue is that so many people misinterpreted "don't vote Labour" as "vote Tory", which is why we are in this mess.
30
04/03/2021 16:23:17 48 12
bbc
And then there is the HM Treasury move to the Tory seat of Darlington (pop 92,000).
69
04/03/2021 16:29:20 52 8
bbc
Which is excellent news for the once thriving industrial town of Darlington and the wider Tees valley area.

I thought that the government might have gone for Glasgow for the Treasury - what better way to show commitment to the union than move in a govt department that represents the whole of the UK. Perhaps the MOD will move there when they announce that review next week.
157
MJ
04/03/2021 16:39:24 8 7
bbc
I think you'll find that moving away from number 11 was actually Labour's idea in their last manifesto...
220
04/03/2021 16:46:29 13 10
bbc
It's nothing but a con to buy votes from the gullible who do 'wot the Sun tells them to'.
59
04/03/2021 16:27:58 12 16
bbc
As fishy as the many millions that went to Labour constituencies, especially in the north east, when Tony Blair was PM. Starmer really has got a cheek.
70
04/03/2021 16:29:38 8 5
bbc
Produce your evidence.
94
04/03/2021 16:32:29 1 3
bbc
You are clearly too young to remember.
39
04/03/2021 16:25:15 4 1
bbc
Most agreed not nearly 90% though
71
04/03/2021 16:29:39 2 1
bbc
They have conveniently not mentioned that there were 101 towns on the original list - you can see these on the link. Not sure how many of these are Conservative, but when England outside of most cities is all blue, it is not surprising!
72
DMT
04/03/2021 16:29:48 14 14
bbc
One of the dumbest statements ever to come out of Starmers mouth, and that’s saying something. Did he say something similar the morning after the last general election “ this looks fishy . The vast majority are represented by Tory MPs “ ?
73
04/03/2021 16:29:55 8 10
bbc
Have a look at the voter map of the UK and most of its blue. If the best he can come up with is “looks fishy” is it any wonder that’s the case. Labour really needs to pull their finger out as they’re contributing nothing to UK politics other than a few whinges and moans. Come on sort it out
97
04/03/2021 16:32:42 5 7
bbc
They really are doing a disservice aren't they. So many valid points they could make but instead the substance of their argument always boils down to "it's unfairrr" without any reasoning or alternative costed proposals.
124
04/03/2021 16:35:59 2 0
bbc
That's because rural seats (that tend to blue) are larger due to lower population density. Do we really need to explain such simple concepts to people we trust to vote in elections?
226
04/03/2021 16:47:21 2 0
bbc
This is such a poorly framed argument. Rural constituencies have fewer voters over large areas. Rural areas tend to vote Conservative. As for 'whinges and moans' - what would you have them do? Applaud the cronyism and the high death rate and overt lies?
74
04/03/2021 16:29:57 10 6
bbc
What's the big deal, after the boundary fix there will only be Tory seats
111
04/03/2021 16:34:35 3 6
bbc
Do yo mean correcting the current imbalance which favours Labour?
222
04/03/2021 16:46:36 3 0
bbc
Correct. that is why Conservatives in Wales have lost faith in Johnson, many are starting to believe in Independence, Johnson has the mind of a Dictator.
37
04/03/2021 16:24:58 152 88
bbc
I see Tory hq have tried to explain away this fraud. It’s even been flagged up by national audit office as deceitful. No the Tory party don’t rule every town, not even close. This is more fishy business by the most corrupt government this country has ever seen.
75
04/03/2021 16:30:19 94 65
bbc
Is it the same NAO who said there was a PPE shortage when Hancock said there wasn't?

Never trust a Tory kids...........
455
04/03/2021 17:37:55 3 1
bbc
Never trust a Tory ???

Now where have I heard that line before ?????

Ahhh... Yes... Stated on HYS many a time during the last election campaign.

Liar
Cheat
Fraud
Danger
Never trust a Tory
Fraud
Cheat
Liar

Cheat?
What a suprise !
24
04/03/2021 16:22:44 17 15
bbc
Instead of welcoming the news that many struggling towns across the country are to receive funding to help them, Labour complains it is a fix!

101 towns on the original list to get funding. Most of Labour constituencies in larger cities, so stands to reason in a large Conservative majority across the country that most towns will be Conservative?
76
04/03/2021 16:30:27 2 2
bbc
Wow! That’s about as plausible as the Brexit lines... which - and I’ll take a really, really wild guess - that you happily swallowed those too..
128
04/03/2021 16:36:19 0 0
bbc
19
04/03/2021 16:21:55 12 23
bbc
You forget Mr Starmer very few people voted for you they see you as fishy.
77
04/03/2021 16:30:28 1 0
bbc
Thought he had about 28000 majority at the last election
78
04/03/2021 16:30:37 7 1
bbc
Shouldn't his argument be not "look they're scratching their own backs", which would suggest vote tory to be treated well, but rather "look at the places that need the most funding and why are they in such a state and by whose doing".

I can certainly tell you that Swindon needs the boost and £19m doesn't scratch the surface following at least a decade of gross neglect and bad decision making.
211
04/03/2021 16:45:02 5 5
bbc
Yet they're ahead in the polls. Maybe another few billion to their donors will make voters realise the Conservatives are not in power to help the majority of us.
79
04/03/2021 16:30:40 4 14
bbc
These Northerners earn nothing for this country all the money is made down South and that the truth all you have is handouts
96
04/03/2021 16:32:40 5 1
bbc
Partly because the south gets all the government investment...
80
04/03/2021 16:30:48 6 1
bbc
Money for Grimsby eh? Now that is fishy.
13
04/03/2021 16:21:07 71 58
bbc
This is normal Tory practice though. Bournemouth for example, Really!! This budget was only ever intended to help one section of society - the rich. The rest of us will be paying off the Government’s magic money tree money for the rest of our lives
81
04/03/2021 16:30:55 38 9
bbc
The whole of the North has seen decades of underinvestment - not just those that voted Tory in 2019.
150
04/03/2021 16:38:37 4 1
bbc
This is true but the Tories have been in power for most of that time.
497
04/03/2021 17:46:46 0 0
bbc
Investment is provided when profits can be made reasonably easily.

Coal Iron Steel Shipbuilding was a reasonable investment.

The move abroad for shipbuilding wrecked the mining steel and associated.

Investment without resultant profit is: "Throwing away good money after bad".

Call Centres opened, went to India so once again, closed.

London Amazon new automatic stores will do the same to South
637
04/03/2021 18:13:00 0 0
bbc
And? Maybe a reason for it........think on
668
04/03/2021 18:18:36 1 0
bbc
Because of Tory policies and Tory governments
724
04/03/2021 18:35:18 1 0
bbc
And yet this money isn't being spent in the whole of the north is it, nor is it going where the need is greatest? It's being spent in areas which voted conservative and to a far greater margin than the last election result.

That's why we need to know why the ministers diverged from the criteria which were set out in the NAO report.
82
04/03/2021 16:31:05 18 4
bbc
While it may well be fair and just a coincidence I think it is only right that the criteria are published as a mark of transparency, If it was truly a fair process then publishing the criteria should not be a problem surely?
193
04/03/2021 16:43:12 1 1
bbc
Coincidence is stretching it a lot! They'll be some report released in 6 months time that won't be worth the paper it's written on and few will read.
54
04/03/2021 16:27:02 16 18
bbc
To be fair you could stick a pin in a map with a blindfold and you’ll probably hit a conservative constituency.

Starmer needs to keep working on his jokes.
83
04/03/2021 16:31:08 7 5
bbc
There is only one joke in politics and that is the Owl of the Remove or the prime clown or BJ etc.
60
04/03/2021 16:28:04 27 19
bbc
This Gov't will do or say whatever it takes to stay ahead in the polls.
It is their most defining characteristic as strategized by Dominic Cummings.
It will also, ultimately, be their downfall...but the damage will remain long after they've gone.
84
04/03/2021 16:31:16 18 19
bbc
Whose Dominic Cummings? They don`t need to say or do anything to stay ahead in the polls. All they need his Starmer to remain as leader of his tin pot opposition until the next GE.
241
04/03/2021 16:49:58 4 1
bbc
You still haven't had your eyes or your brains tested yet then?
15
04/03/2021 16:21:10 44 21
bbc
Alternatively, Tory-run towns are more in need of regeneration than areas controlled by other parties?
85
04/03/2021 16:31:49 8 4
bbc
Wow! That’s a level of ‘thinking’ that is really so far off the scale it beggars belief. Ignorance truly is bliss.
86
Tom
04/03/2021 16:32:03 17 6
bbc
People don't need nice, new shiny bridges and roads but improvement in education and better life chances and opportunities providing them with better incomes. I suspect the large bulk of the money will end up in the construction industries pockets. A radical rethink? Dream on....
175
04/03/2021 16:41:30 12 11
bbc
Local Tories pockets!
177
04/03/2021 16:41:36 1 0
bbc
Education spending down 8% per pupil since 2010.
217
04/03/2021 16:46:04 2 0
bbc
Some areas need new infrastructure, because their existing roads are falling to pieces!
87
04/03/2021 16:32:06 44 2
bbc
I notice that there are a good handful of run down coastal towns on the list. So many people have images of middle class second homes in Cornwall when the reality is places like Lowestoft and Skegness with lower paid jobs and dwindling industries.
146
04/03/2021 16:38:05 39 15
bbc
Lowestoft is my home town
It's been struggling, going backwards since we joined the EU & what was the 4th largest fishing port in the UK now has little more than a few long shore boats
Town lost a huge part of it's sense of community
There was a reason Birdseye built factories in Lowestoft & Gt Yarmouth all those years ago
05/03/2021 10:26:06 5 3
bbc
1) UK overfishes and decimates stocks, for decades
2) EU steps in introduces quotas to preserve stocks
3) Trawler owners fall over themselves to scrap boats, sell licences for hard cash and sack British seamen
4) Farage piggybacks on local resentment and inflames the gammon mob
5) UK votes Leave
6) Boris stabs fishermen in back because there never was a plan after all
That's what really happened
88
04/03/2021 16:32:06 12 15
bbc
Is this bloke Starmer a complete fool. The Conservatives were elected on the basis of leveling up the Town's Fund can be used for this purpose nothing wrong with that. Never this outcry from Lab when big cities get extra funds but when left behind towns get some money it's pork barrel?
You are not going win back the Red Wall with daft comments like this Keir. You should think before speaking.
120
04/03/2021 16:35:42 10 4
bbc
This guy got into Oxford without the benefit of a private education, ran the DPP, got into parliament and the top of her majesty’s opposition, but you, modharry, know better than him. Yeah right.
163
04/03/2021 16:40:07 2 0
bbc
wait and see, when the turkey comes home to roost, they will gobble Boris up.
168
04/03/2021 16:40:43 3 0
bbc
No, he's not a fool. This is not levelling up, it's bribes for constituencies. It's not enough money to achieve any 'levelling' yet no towns will turn it down.
89
04/03/2021 16:32:14 26 18
bbc
There are plenty of rotting fish after BJs deal and out of court settlement today in P.Patel bullying case.So the untouchables continue on their taking back control quest come what May.
309
04/03/2021 17:03:36 9 5
bbc
If he was so worried by Priti Patel’s behaviour, he should have had his week in court.

But no, he wanted the maximum amount of money, so settled out of court.

His actions won’t change MP’s behaviour at all.
59
04/03/2021 16:27:58 12 16
bbc
As fishy as the many millions that went to Labour constituencies, especially in the north east, when Tony Blair was PM. Starmer really has got a cheek.
90
04/03/2021 16:32:19 1 1
bbc
Aye like Gordon Brown nicking our johnnie walker factory which shock horror ended up in his constituancy
68
04/03/2021 16:29:12 16 21
bbc
Lesson learned don't vote Labour, what's the issue?
91
04/03/2021 16:32:26 4 2
bbc
A one party failed state in four pieces
14
04/03/2021 16:21:07 20 25
bbc
Keir, these were poor areas that were once safe Labour seats that threw you out because your lot did nothing but now you complain that they are getting help ?

You just can't make nonsense like this up.
92
04/03/2021 16:32:26 9 1
bbc
I suspect that many of these so called Red Wall seats are already starting to think they have made a very large whoopsy, also they can be called really stupid to think that the Tories will make their lives better, they did not for Over a Century, and they FORGOT who got them the Welfare State and the NHS, Traitors all.
127
04/03/2021 16:36:19 1 3
bbc
More Labour Islington thinking, who'd ever of thought the Tories would have more seats in Scotland than Labour ? Labour abandoned the British working class years ago.
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04/03/2021 16:32:29 3 12
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A message to Keir Starmer. Can you please stop trying to micro-target the voters who think are critical voters with microtargeted messaging while ignoring the millions of other voters in the country, and develop some principles - any principles - ideally including many of the ones your predecessor had?
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04/03/2021 16:29:38 8 5
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Produce your evidence.
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04/03/2021 16:32:29 1 3
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You are clearly too young to remember.
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04/03/2021 16:32:31 7 12
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I believe they are just being careful with the money. Its so easy to spot a Labour council area, lots of frivolous spending on town centres, statues, weird structures etc
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04/03/2021 16:37:07 3 0
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Weird you are what you say you are
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04/03/2021 16:30:40 4 14
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These Northerners earn nothing for this country all the money is made down South and that the truth all you have is handouts
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04/03/2021 16:32:40 5 1
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Partly because the south gets all the government investment...
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04/03/2021 16:29:55 8 10
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Have a look at the voter map of the UK and most of its blue. If the best he can come up with is “looks fishy” is it any wonder that’s the case. Labour really needs to pull their finger out as they’re contributing nothing to UK politics other than a few whinges and moans. Come on sort it out
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04/03/2021 16:32:42 5 7
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They really are doing a disservice aren't they. So many valid points they could make but instead the substance of their argument always boils down to "it's unfairrr" without any reasoning or alternative costed proposals.
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04/03/2021 16:49:18 3 0
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Nope, Starmer makes Johnson look foolish and out of his depth at Prime Ministers Questions. Johnson just lies but his supporters are well used to that so gloss over it.
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04/03/2021 16:33:15 12 8
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C'mon Starmer, this is exactly what Labour should have done/promised and you might have been a in position to deliver it. These were labour strongholds and they deserted you for a reason, and that wasn't just Brexit.
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04/03/2021 16:38:56 6 1
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Corbyn was promising to pave their streets with gold. But he refused to back Brexit. So these places voted Tory. It was 100% about Brexit.
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04/03/2021 16:33:19 8 5
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Johnson should fall on his own Cow Pat!
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04/03/2021 16:25:40 177 86
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Well...accusing the tories of bribery...I've never heard such a thing...no wait a minute...that's what they always do isn't it!
All the buddy backhanders being dished out for uncontested tenders, to shipping companies...without ships...NHS suppliers...who've never supplied anything before...train company franchises...to unexperienced providers...the list is now complete with 'town buddies' too
Wow
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04/03/2021 16:33:20 62 7
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I agree with the sentiment of leveling up it shouldn't just be targeted at those seats that turned from Red to Blue at the last election. It is the whole of the North that has seen decades of underinvestment - not just those that voted Tory in 2019.
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04/03/2021 16:50:57 10 2
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Always about 'the North' in your blinkered world.

When was the last time you heard of any investment going to the South West?

We're not getting any nice new trains, no big move of civil servants coming our way, and the towns listed as South West being given a boost are as close to London as they could be.

If you want to know about underinvestment, pop down to Newton Abbot or Yeovil.