Labour could turn to the business expertise of former Conservative deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine if it wins the election.
Labour is expecting to set aside £30bn for devolution if it comes to power, and Umunna wants to harness Heseltine’s experience: the former minister pushed hard for regeneration projects in British inner cities back in the 1980s.
There is no denying it, a lot of people in the Labour movement are quite inspired by what he’s done in rejuvenating cities and regions.
Just because he is a Tory should not stand in the way of us working with him in the future and I very much hope to do that.
Heseltine authored a report in 2011 which recommended that George Osborne spend £49bn on devolution and add another £9bn in EU funding.
The report became part of the basis for the chancellor’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ initiative, which fell short of the former depura PM's recommendations.