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Think tank gaffe shows Tories can’t do regeneration

August 13, 2008

Liberal Democrats in Hastings & Rye have panned a call by Policy Exchange (a Conservative-leaning think tank) for people from Northern towns and cities to pack their bags and move to the South.

Nick Perry, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye said,

“I am a Northern lad hailing from St Helens, and our move to Hastings last year was a dream come true, however the calls from this Tory think tank are nothing short of bizarre.

“We are struggling in the constituency to provide jobs and accommodation for local people even now. Where do these out-of-touch policy wonks think the jobs and accommodation for migrating Northerners are going to come from?

“What this policy paper really shows is that the old Tory disdain for, and incomprehension of, communities with experience of poverty is alive and well. And that the Conservative Party has no clue about delivering effective regeneration.”

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