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We are delighted to invite you to join an online Bright Blue public panel event entitled ‘After the White Paper: levers for levelling up

Following the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper, which sought to develop the agenda into a more coherent and detailed policy programme, the Government is determined to show that it is making progress on delivering for the ‘left-behind’ areas that gave the Conservatives a majority at the 2019 general election. With the next general election approaching, how much levelling up will have been achieved, what are the levers by which that will happen, and will it be enough? 

Key questions:

  • Does the levelling up agenda constitute an ideological shift in the Conservative Party from a greater emphasis on the individual to a greater emphasis on community?
  • How much levelling up will have occurred by the time of the next general election, and what will that look like for new Conservative voters?
  • What has the White Paper told us about the distinct character of the levelling up agenda compared to previous regeneration attempts?
  • How much of the decision-making for levelling up will be made in Whitehall, and how much will be made at the local level by left-behind communities?
  • How can a so-called left-behind area be fully regenerated and what are the key local institutions that can help deliver this?
  • Is social infrastructure a prerequisite for economic prosperity, or is economic prosperity a prerequisite for social infrastructure?
  • What levers are available from the public, private, and third sectors to level up, and how can these work better together at a community level?
  • What role can community-based organisations such as housing associations play in the development and delivery of levelling up?


  • The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, former Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • The Rt Hon Damian Green MP, former First Secretary of State
  • Anushka Asthana, Deputy Political Editor, ITV
  • Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive, North Star Housing Group
  • Alex Smith, Chief Executive, The Cares Family
  • Cllr Rob Waltham MBE, Leader of the Council, North Lincolnshire
  • Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive, Bright Blue (Chair)

More speakers to be announced.


Attendees can submit questions, before or during the event, via Slido here or by using the code: #brightblue


10:00 – 11:15, Wednesday 8th June 2022


Online on Bright Blue’s YouTube channel, which you can watch live here


This event is free and open to all on our YouTube channel here, but you can also register through Eventbrite here.