David Cameron is likely to become Britain’s Prime Minister next year if, as expected, the Conservatives return to power for the first time since Tony Blair’s Labour Party took office in 1997. Many are worried that this will spell bad news for northern, post-industrial cities, some of which (e.g Manchester and Liverpool) have undergone a significant renaissance in recent years, largely thanks to government-funded regeneration programs. Cameron immediately sought to distance himself from a controversial report by ‘his favorite think-tank’, which advocated mass migration from certain northern cities to more economically robust areas in the south of the country. But the question remains: In light of the ongoing economic crisis, might regeneration-funding be one of the first casualties of a new Conservative government? And, if so, what might be the implications?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article4518991.ece

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