The Tories need to turn on the spending taps in the north now | Larry Elliott

A splurge of investment is needed in long-forgotten smaller towns such as Burnley and StokeFifteen years ago the idea of the prime minister paying a weekend visit to Sedgefield would have attracted little or no media interest. That, though was when Ton…

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Johnson’s Brexit needs to deliver economic benefits … and fast

There may be a short-term Brexit bounce but more austerity and deregulation won’t wash with PM’s new votersA soaring pound. Shares rising to record levels on the stock exchange. With the threat of a Labour government removed, it was a familiar story in…

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There’s zero interest in zero UK growth. How things have changed

A flatlining economy would normally be big news but the torpor fits neatly into both Labour and tory narrativesIt’s as if somebody has hit the pause button on the economy. After going backwards in August and September, the UK failed to register any inc…

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There’s zero interest in zero UK growth. How things have changed

A flatlining economy would normally be big news but the torpor fits neatly into both Labour and tory narrativesIt’s as if somebody has hit the pause button on the economy. After going backwards in August and September, the UK failed to register any inc…

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Economic conditions favour the left, so why is Labour not expected to win with ease? | Larry Elliott

Tories take nothing for granted because rival plans resonate with voters and polls could be wrongEven now it is impossible to call the election. Sure, the polls look pretty conclusive but the margin between victory and defeat is slender. The last two e…

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Labour has a strong economic plan. But it still has to shift voters’ faith in austerity | Larry Elliott

It makes sense to borrow when interest rates are low. Yet much of the public is still attached to the slogans of 2010A lost decade for the British economy is coming to a suitably downbeat end. The latest snapshots of business activity point to stagnant…

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IFS warns Labour renationalisation may delay low-carbon economy

Thinktank warns of significant short-term disruption given importance, cost and complexity of target industriesLabour’s plan to renationalise large chunks of the economy risks years of disruption that could delay Britain’s transition to a low-carbon ec…

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Johnson spots an opportunity over state aid – and it may work

If he wants working-class Labour votes the PM can’t promote the rightwing post-Brexit ideal of Singapore-on-ThamesHugely disturbing, said the Adam Smith Institute. A recipe for cronyism and pure protectionism, said the Institute for Economic Affairs. A…

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