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Heseltine urges regional spend

The Government was today urged by a former minister to spend more money on boosting economic growth in the regions. Lord Heseltine urged the coalition to produce a long-term strategy for economic growth.

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Umunna: Heseltine proposals need to be taken 'seriously'

Labour's Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP has said that he hopes Lord Heseltine's economic proposals are taken "seriously".

“Labour has led calls for an active government approach to support business and underpin regional growth – it is good to see Lord Heseltine echoing this in his report. We will examine his proposals and consider which ones we can take forward."

Labour's Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He added: “We hope that ministers will take Lord Heseltine’s proposals seriously, although the briefing against the report from within government in recent days suggests they are unwilling to listen.

"If this is the case, it will therefore be left to a future One Nation Labour government to take forward many of Lord Heseltine’s ideas.”

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