MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: Why Levelling Up could disappear with Boris Johnson

  • Andrew Westwood

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Period7 Jul 2022

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  • TitleWhy Levelling Up could disappear with Boris Johnson
    Media name/outletManchester Evening News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionBut will 'levelling up', the phrase brought to prominence by the Prime Minister as he sought to win over Northern voters in 2019, survive his departure? Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice at the University of Manchester, said it looked as though "the whole agenda - like all others - is now on ice until a new Conservative leader and Cabinet is in place in the Autumn".

    He added: "I suspect the terminology - like much associated with Boris Johnson - will become toxic and disappear. But the bigger question is whether the substance ie the extreme levels of regional/local inequality that underpin and drive our politics, will form a major element of the leadership contest that is already starting. It will certainly be a major element of the next General Election when it comes. And the one after that."
    PersonsAndrew Westwood

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities


  • levelling up
  • UK politics