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Part of Opposition Day — [17th( )Allotted Day] — Horsemeat – in the House of Commons at 4:42 pm on 12th February 2013.

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Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 4:42 pm, 12th February 2013

I do not quite understand the basis of the hon. Lady’s intervention, because the point I was making was precisely about the gulf between the capital and our provincial cities, and she has pointed out that London streaked ahead. By contrast, in other countries the performance of the regional economy kept pace with the capital, and that is something I want to champion; I want to encourage our provincial cities to be the equal of the capital on growth. I know she will recognise that in the past two years, at least, the performance of my native north-east, the place she represents, has indeed outstripped the rest of the country on creating jobs.