Isn’t it time for a major change here, a complete reversal of what we have seen so far? Localising the response to this crisis but critically, as Joe said, putting in place a help package and an economic package to help the north of England through.
I would say to him this: ‘Are we levelling up here or are we levelling down? Which is it?’
If you go ahead with this financial package, in my view, that will be to break what the government said it would do when they were elected.
If they continue with this, jobs will be lost, businesses will collapse, the fragile economies of the north will be shattered.
The government has a real choice here, if it proceeds on the path it is on, in my view, the central so-called mission of this government to level-up will be over.