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My hon. Friend is making a very powerful case not just for the north-east but for many other regions of the country. Many people do not feel that the Government speak for them. He reminds me of the words of the Chancellor, who, in his autumn statement in October, declared:
“We need an effort from each and every one. One nation working hard together. We are still all in this together.”
Does my hon. Friend share my concern that the Chancellor is completely out of touch?