Could a jump-start give Sunderland a burst of energy?

With significant public money, communities such as Sunderland might be able to break out of a negative cycle. Private investment might follow, the brain drain reverse, local government finances improve and the city’s public image recover.

Listen to the leavers

It’s not a surprise to learn that ordinary leavers, the kind of people who just don’t like the EU and...

Holding a civilised conversation on Brexit in Stockton South

Dr. Paul Williams MP hosted a discussion on Brexit in Thornaby Academy School on Friday 25 January. Eleven participants were...

Is a Citizens’ Assembly the solution to Brexit deadlock?

It was standing room only in a packed Westminster committee room when MPs and political thinkers met to discuss the...

Reasons to see Sunderland

There is a BBC show called I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – where celebs admit to embarrassing gaps in their experience.  Going...

Ten Towns – Northampton: a view from the middle

Northampton is right in the middle of English society. Its location makes it a conduit between larger population centres, which...

Is Brexit really what Preston needs?

I was born and grew up in Preston, Lancashire. So for CommonGround I was keen to head home and get...

Bilston focus group homes in on migration

Pat McFadden, MP for Wolverhampton South East, invited me to a focus group just before Christmas with nine local residents...

Bradford Politics in the Pub huddle reveals multiple concerns

By Hugo Dixon This week CommonGround held a lively public event in Bradford with Politics in the Pub and the...

Ten Towns: Bradford and Wolverhampton – first impressions

by Hugo Dixon Last month CommonGround went to Bradford and Wolverhampton as part of our Ten Towns initiative. We’ll be...