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The Northern Powerhouse problem

How to solve regional imbalances?

By Jay Elwes   September 2018

The Northern Powerhouse was George Osborne's pet project. Photo: DIRK WAEM/Belga/PA Images

Big projects invite big political talk. The “Northern Powerhouse” is no exception. An idea invented by George Osborne, it was a project born of the fifty thousand feet perspective of No 11 Downing Street. You can almost imagine the former Chancellor pointing at his map of the UK: “we’ve got lots of economic activity here,” points to central London, “but we need to move some of it up here,” points to Barrow-in-Furness.

But does it…

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