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Levelling Up Britain: Michael Gove’s Vision for National Prosperity

Emphasising the importance of the One Nation tradition, Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove sets out his vision for the future of levelling up at the book launch of Levelling Up 2.0: A Blueprint for the Future.

At the launch of Levelling Up 2.0: A Blueprint for the Future Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities, articulates the Conservative Party’s vision for creating a more equitable and prosperous United Kingdom.

Gove began by expressing gratitude to the authors of the book that resonates with the party’s core principles, particularly the One Nation tradition, which emphasises representing every community, region, and nation within the country.

Gove stresses that the Conservative Party must embrace its role as a national party, seeking to address the needs of all citizens. Rejecting divisive politics and neglect of certain regions, he insists that effective governance requires a commitment to empowering and serving the entire national community.

To a packed room, Gove highlighted the unique challenges posed by geographic and economic inequality in the UK. While acknowledging the nation’s achievements, Gove candidly acknowledges the persistent disparities in productivity, education, and job opportunities across regions. He attributes these challenges to factors like deindustrialisation and globalisation, which have impacted the economic strength and pride of various communities.

“The One Nation tradition within the Conservative Party represents, to my mind, the very best of the Conservative Party tradition. Because what that tradition is about is recognising again, these are just really these words, but they resonate now that the Conservative Party is a national party, or it is nothing.”

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

A moral obligation

Gove passionately argues that levelling up is not just an economic imperative but also a moral obligation. He firmly believes that denying equal opportunities based on circumstances beyond individuals’ control is unjust. Levelling up, according to Gove, is not just about economic efficiency but also about renewing the country’s social fabric and empowering citizens to fulfil their potential.

Drawing inspiration from the successful revitalisation of London Docklands in the 1980s, Gove highlights the importance of a comprehensive approach. Levelling up requires a mix of elements, including investment in infrastructure, culture, education, and crime reduction. He emphasises the significance of cultivating an environment that attracts both private investment and fosters local pride.

“We have to represent every community, every region, every nation, every tradition, every individual within the United Kingdom. If our politics is based on pitting groups against each other, or if our politics is neglectful of any part of the United Kingdom on the basis that they won’t vote for us, then we forfeit the right to govern. Because we can only govern effectively and successfully if we are seeking to address the needs of every part of the United Kingdom, our entire national community.”

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Praising leadership across the UK

Gove highlighted several notable figures who have made invaluable contributions to levelling up. Gove lauded Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority, for exemplifying a private sector-led vision for economic growth while collaborating with universities and leveraging cultural strengths.

Gove also praised the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, for championing the creation of investment zones across the UK. These zones aim to bring together private sector players, research institutions, and local governments to drive positive change and empower communities.

Final thought

Ben Howlett, Chief Executive, Curia

Gove’s passionate articulation of the Conservative Party’s vision for levelling up Britain unveils a comprehensive strategy aimed at building a more united, prosperous, and equitable nation.

Embracing the One Nation tradition, the party commits to representing and serving every community, region, and individual within the United Kingdom. Gove’s candid acknowledgment of the economic and geographic inequalities provides a sobering reality check, reminding us of the work that lies ahead.

The vision for levelling up goes beyond mere economic efficiency; it is rooted in a moral imperative to provide equal opportunities to all citizens. By empowering local governments and fostering community engagement, the government seeks to harness the unique strengths and potential of every region.

Gove’s reference to the successful regeneration of London Docklands serves as a powerful example of the positive impact that a comprehensive approach can achieve. Highlighting the significance of investing in infrastructure, education, culture, and crime reduction, he underscores the need to create an environment that attracts private investment while instilling local pride.

The article celebrates the contributions of exceptional figures like Andy Street and Jeremy Hunt, who play crucial roles in driving the government’s vision for levelling up. By creating investment zones and ensuring collaboration among different stakeholders, these leaders set the course for transformative change and a brighter future for all.

Overall, Gove’s persuasive narrative invites the Conservative Party and the nation to embark on a journey of renewal – a journey that will require collective effort, collaboration, and innovation. The vision for levelling up embodies a commitment to forging a stronger, more united Britain, where every citizen’s potential is fully realised.

As we move forward, it is incumbent upon policymakers, communities, and individuals to embrace the spirit of unity and inclusivity inherent in this vision. By working together, we can bridge the gaps between regions, empower the workforce, and unleash the full potential of the United Kingdom.

With steadfast determination and a shared sense of purpose, the Conservative Party’s vision for levelling up can become a reality, shaping a future where prosperity is widespread, and every citizen enjoys a fair chance to thrive. As we navigate the challenges ahead, let us be inspired by the spirit of one nation, working hand in hand to build a brighter, more resilient, and truly united Britain for generations to come.

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