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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Northern Summit 2016

This major event assembled more than 100 stakeholders to discuss the way forward for a ‘Great North Plan’.

This summit, held by IPPR and RTPI, brought together a diverse array of business leaders, NGOs, academics and local authorities from across the North to help define and set out a 'Great North Plan’ for pursuing inclusive and sustainable economic prosperity in the region.

In this new podcast, Lord Heseltine delivers the keynote speech at the Summit, making an impassioned case for devolution as a means of reigniting an economic dynamism not seen in Britain since the Industrial Revolution. He also looks back at the progress of the devolution agenda throughout his political career, and ahead to the new wave of city and regional deals.

Lord Heseltine on decentralisation and dynamism in the North  View audio page

The below videos feature Lord Heseltine's speech; Councillor James Lewis, deputy leader and executive member for resources and strategy at Leeds city council, discussing the sea-change in local politics over the last five years that is bringing about unprecedented collaboration at a pan-Yorkshire and pan-northern level; and IPPR North director Ed Cox presenting the key ideas that emerged both from the conference and the consultation process that led up to it, and making the case for why we need a Great North Plan and how we should take it forward.

Lord Heseltine on decentralisation and dynamism  View video page

Cllr James Lewis of Leeds city council discusses the devolutionary moment in Yorkshire at Northern Summit 2016  View video page

Ed Cox explains why we need a 'Great North Plan'  View video page

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Produced by IPPR North, in conjunction with RTPI and supported by Bevan Brittan and Peel Land and Property Group.