Peter Lee and Localism Today

Spring 2018

In recounting Peter Lee’s story, John Tomaney offers a powerful account of the source and character of Labour’s strength in one of its traditional heartlands. Many of these communities, especially in the North East and Midlands, detached from global growth and benefiting least from the knowledge and creative economies, have been drifting away from Labour since midway through the last decade, a process which continued – despite our success in Britain’s cities and university towns – in June 2017. All too often, in Tomaney’s evocative phrase, the party hangs on thanks to the ‘diminishing moral and physical capital accumulated’ by past generations.

Renewal: a journal of social democracy, Volume 26 No 1