Stoke doesn’t need a political soap opera. It needs jobs and an economic strategy

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Stoke is back on the map. After decades of being overlooked, suddenly everyone’s got an opinion. Every national journalist has “spent time” there. They’ve all spoken to the local people. ‘And ‘the people’ feel anxious, angry, and “left behind“.

It’s barely more than 48 hours since Tristram Hunt announced that he will resign as MP of Stoke-on-Trent Central to become Director of the V&A.

In that time the City of Stoke-on-Trent has been transmogrified into a kind of allegory for the collapse of Labour; a portent of UKIP’s “Northern Spring“; a metaphor for the failure of globalisation (Hunt’s own telling).… Continue Reading