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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:37 am on 3rd March 2016.

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Photo of Liz McInnes Liz McInnes Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 10:37 am, 3rd March 2016

May we have an urgent debate in Government time on the recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, which showed that 10 of the 12 towns and cities in greatest economic decline are in the north of England? Not a single town in the south is among the worst 24 listed. That causes real concern about the vision of a northern powerhouse. We urgently need a debate, particularly as Steve Rumbelow, the chief executive of my council, Rochdale—which, incidentally, is listed as the town in the greatest economic decline—has accused the foundation of using out-of-date figures, which mask the progress made in northern regions.