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James Wild joins Taskforce group aiming to address regional inequalities




North West Norfolk's MP has joined a Taskforce group to help reduce regional inequality.

James Wild has announced he will be working to ensure this area benefits from investment in better connectivity, infrastructure and skills through the group.

The new group, comprising of Conservative MPs, is urging the Government to address regional inequalities with London continuing to pull ahead from other areas.

James Wild. Picture: Richard Townshend
James Wild. Picture: Richard Townshend

This includes tackling areas with the worst unemployment rate and setting out government analysis on how tax and spending changes impact different areas.

Mr Wild said: "This will be a forum to highlight the challenges that coastal areas face in terms of aspiration and opportunities for young people. Increasing access to apprenticeship is part of that agenda.

" While these are tough times for firms, I encourage businesses to look at whether they can develop skills and support the recovery."

A full list of the MPs in the group has been released today and they will work with UK campaigning thinktank group Onward.

A social media post by Onward said: "Today we announce the new Levelling up Taskforce, a group of conservative MPs, to champion ideas and boost Britain's lagging areas.

"We are delighted to work alongside the Taskforce to help spearhead the Government's levelling up agenda."

Onward states that compared to Germany, about a fifth more of the UK population live in places that are 10 per cent or 20 per cent below the national average income.

The group has found that since the mid-1990s London has pulled ahead of the rest of the country. Having been the same size as the economy of the north of England as recently as 2004, London’s economy is now a quarter bigger.

MPs in the Levelling Up Taskforce, which includes James Wild, are:

  • Alex Stafford, Rother Valley
  • Andrew Bowie, West Aberdeenshire
  • Andrew Griffith, Arundel & South Downs
  • Andrew Jones, Harrogate & Knaresborough
  • Andy Carter, Warrington South
  • Anthony Higginbottom, Burnley
  • Ben Bradley, Mansfield
  • Chris Clarkson, Heywood & Middleton
  • Christian Wakeford, Bury South
  • Dehenna Davison, Bishop Auckland
  • Gareth Davies, Grantham & Stamford
  • Jack Brereton, Stoke on Trent South
  • Jacob Young, Redcar
  • James Grundy, Leigh
  • James Wild, North West Norfolk
  • Jo Gideon, Stoke on Trent Central
  • John Lamont, Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk
  • John Stevenson, Carlisle
  • Jonathan Gullis , Stoke on Trent North
  • Katherine Fletcher, South Ribble
  • Kevin Hollinrake, Thirsk & Malton
  • Laura Farris, Newbury
  • Mark Jenkinson, Workington
  • Mark Logan, Bolton North East
  • Matt Vickers, Stockton South
  • Mike Wood, Dudley South
  • Miriam Cates, Penistone & Stocksbridge
  • Neil O’Brien, Harborough
  • Nicola Richards, West Bromwich East
  • Richard Holden, North West Durham
  • Rob Largan, High Peak
  • Robbie Moore, Keighley
  • Robin Millar, Aberconwy
  • Ruth Edwards, Rushcliffe
  • Selaine Saxby, North Devon
  • Simon Baynes, Clwyd South
  • Simon Fell, Barrow & Furness
  • Simon Jupp, East Devon
  • Siobhan Baillie, Stroud
  • Virginia Crosbie, Ynys Mon


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