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Lisa Nandy is the MP for Wigan. She was formerly Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
The North’s towns and rural communities are being neglected.
Town voters are more likely to believe politicians do not care about them. Little wonder.
Progressive politicians must empower grassroots movements – and accept some loss of power themselves.
The shutting down of genuine, constructive debate on the left is the great danger we face.
Labour also needs a wider vision for work to understand that many people who work in the private sector also offer a public service.
Handing powers over transport, homes, policing, skills and the NHS to an elected mayor could profoundly reshape our public services.
To simply pick a side would be too easy. We must find the common ground of the sensible, decent majority.
A seventh lawyer has quit the investigation.
To change the country we must first change ourselves, creating a political culture that is much more open, capable of hearing alternative points of view and welcoming of challenge.
It's time for the government to change its approach.