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Better growth, fairer chances: the case for sub-regional economic development

27th March 2015

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This article, written by Andrew Adonis and John Healey MP, originally appeared as part of the Compass pamphlet Finding our Voice: Making the 21st Century State. Better growth, fairer chances: the case for sub-regional economic development Britain needs a new kind of economy: more investment, more innovation, better jobs and more equal chances. This economy can [...]

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City villages: More homes, better communities

25th March 2015

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City villages: more homes, better communities, edited by Andrew Adonis and Bill Davies was published on 24/03/2015 by IPPR. You can download a copy of the essays here. Britain faces its greatest housing crisis since the aftermath of the second world war. Then, the private sector, proactive local authorities and central government combined to meet the [...]

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The case for City Villages

24th March 2015

This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 24/03/2015. There is no single solution to London’s housing crisis. But a key element is the systematic regeneration of the huge tracts of land owned by the capital’s 32 local authorities, much of it occupied by council estates in desperate need of renewal. Hundreds of new “city [...]

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When The People Say Not Sure

20th March 2015

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Yesterday I was interviewed by Peter Hennessy on the conventions, laws, precedents and principles that guide government formation when no single party wins an overall majority in the House of Commons. Click here to listen to the interview. The programme description below is from BBC Radio 4, originally broadcast on 19/03/2015.  With the prospect of a closely fought [...]

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Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment – Book Review

2nd March 2015

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This book review originally appeared in the Observer on 01/03/2015. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images None of today’s economic commentators has more experience than the Observer’s long-standing columnist William Keegan, and he brings this experience brilliantly to bear in Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment, a demolition of the argument that austerity economics were required in 2010 because Britain was “broke”. Keegan [...]

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Tessa can bring the Olympics spirit to solving the housing crisis

19th February 2015

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This interview (by Joe Murphy) originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 19/02/2015 and the below editorial comment originally appeared in the same edition. — Labour peer Andrew Adonis today ruled himself out of the London mayoral race – and swung his weight behind bookies’ favourite Dame Tessa Jowell. In a dramatic interview with the [...]

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London 2012 showed Britain’s infrastructure capability at its best

22nd January 2015

Lord Adonis, Progress AGM, London, England

This speech was originally delivered in a debate on infrastructure in the House of Lords on 22/01/2015. Check against delivery. My Lords, The case for improving investment in and planning for the country’s national infrastructure is compelling and I hope that today’s debate will promote consensus in working towards this goal from all sides of [...]

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Gloucestershire’s Growth Hub praised by shadow infrastructure minister Lord Adonis

19th January 2015

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This article, written by Hayley Mortimer, originally appeared in the Gloucester Citizen. Image by Gloucester Citizen. The Growth Hub has been described as a “potential model” for other towns and cities to follow. Shadow minister for infrastructure, Lord Andrew Adonis, visited the hub today to see how it aims to help the county’s 26,000-plus firms [...]

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The future of south London’s rail network has to be orange

5th January 2015

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard. The next Mayor of London should turn South London orange — by incorporating London’s local and suburban main line services into the successful Overground network. This would hugely improve London transport and boost jobs, housing and regeneration. The Underground largely serves London north of the Thames and [...]

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On the challenges the country faces, ministers are either silent or complacent

4th December 2014

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This speech was delivered in the House of Lords in the Autumn Statement debate on 04/12/2014. My Lords, May I first say how much we are looking forward to the noble Lord Rose’s maiden speech. In responding to questions yesterday, the noble lord Lord Deighton said with refreshing candour, that “I fully accept that this [...]

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