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Panel discussion: How can Regional Infrastructure and Investment Rebalance the UK?

John Mills joined a Policy Exchange panel discussion at this year's Labour Party Conference to discuss how to tackle geographic disparities and regenerate struggling towns and regions.

The panel explored whether regional investment can address five interlinked challenges:

  • A lack of local job opportunities beyond low-skilled, low-pay sectors such as retail, local services, agriculture and logistics;
  • Low-quality and under-resourced public services, and an inability to retain and attract talent;
  • Weak local civic institutions; including those at the local government level;
  • Low-quality infrastructure and limited connectivity;
  • An overall sense of decline and loss of pride in place.

Watch the discussion below:

Other speakers included:

David Goodhart, Head of Demography, Immigration & Integration.
Andrew Jones, Cities Programme Leader at AECOM.
Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.

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From John Mills

John Mills is founder and Chairman of JML, the consumer goods distribution company, which exports to more than 70 countries around the world. He is also an economist and author, noted for his writing on Brexit, the Labour Party and exchange rate policy.


“To increase prosperity, growth and equality by putting a more successful economic future at the heart of British political discourse.”