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Retaking the North

A new report suggests "refreshingly realistic" ways for the Conservatives to regain a foothold in the north

By Nick Randall  

Michael Howard once claimed during his leadership of the Conservative party that, “I would love to win seats in Newcastle and Liverpool, and other big cities in the north, but we can win the General Election without doing that.” The publication of ‘Access All Areas’ by new Conservative campaign group Renewal repudiates any such complacency in Conservative ranks.

The collection of essays recognises that despite gaining twenty-three northern seats and increasing its vote at the 2010 general…

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