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What are we going to do about the small cities and towns that are being left behind?

Economic disparities within regions matter as much as the north/south divide

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Luton town centre © David Medcalf (Creative Commons)

The closest mainstream politics in the UK got to a consensus last year was the agreement among the three major parties that we had to do something about our cities. Cities, everyone agreed, are the engines of economic growth. We all know about the economic contribution London (and the City of London, in particular) makes to the national coffers, of course. But there was also a growing recognition of the contribution made by our so-called…

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