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LIZ Truss has been told to focus on the levelling up agenda to ensure the north-south divide narrows, northern Tory MPs say.

The PM will face the electoral consequences if she doesn’t double down on the pledges made by بوريس جونسون to spread opportunity more equally across the country.

Liz Truss has been told to focus on levelling up to narrow the north-south divide, Tory MPs say

Liz Truss has been told to focus on levelling up to narrow the north-south divide, Tory MPs sayالإئتمان: وكالة فرانس برس

The calls come on the eve of the Conservative Party conference which starts in برمنغهام this weekend with a call to help the High Street thrive.

A third of voters, بما فيها 1 في 5 people who voted Conservative in 2019, would be less likely to vote Tory without noticeable improvement to their nearby area.

Tory MP Kevin Hollinrake added: “Urgent action is needed to help encourage private sector investment into our northern towns and cities.

“Reforming business rates is one such lever which the Government could pull to breathe new life into our local communities.”

Fellow Tory MP John Stevenson said efforts to “retain talent and attract private investment” must be enacted to boost productivity in towns and cities.

Research for the Retail Jobs Alliance, a group of retail businesses and unions, found that of the 50 constituencies with the highest rates of empty shops بعض 90% are in most need of levelling up.

The report calls on business rates to be frozen before reforming them.

Will Tanner, director of the Onward think tank, لقد اختطف صديقته التي تظهر على الشاشة مقابل فدية: “If the Conservatives abandon levelling up, they will not only be letting down millions of voters who believed that promise, they will be forfeiting their chances of a majority.”