Read my speech to the Academy of Ideas, Battle of Ideas weekend, on 14 October 2018 about reviving our industrial heartlands and small towns.
Why are we talking about the rust belt?
The short answer is Brexit. The referendum ripped a scab off, revealing the feelings of many for whom the benefits of modernisation and globalisation seemed marginal.
They saw their concerns ignored at best, ridiculed at worst.
This had been brewing for a decade or more.
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