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Head North

On sale

7th March 2024

Price: £22

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781398719736

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Picked as one of Waterstones’ Non-Fiction ‘Books You Need to Read in 2024’



Gordon Brown: ‘A path-breaking book by two dynamic leaders… whose ideas on the future deserve all our attention.’


Britain is more unequal than ever before. If we’re ever going to fix this, we must take the power out of Westminster.

Looking North could change this, and the Mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region, Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram are leading this fight. For the first time, they share their experiences of modern British politics, from how the Hillsborough disaster shaped them and their time as MPs in Westminster witnessing its systematic flaws, to leaving to become Mayors up North, battling Boris Johnson during the Covid-19 pandemic, and creating a new vision for what Britain could be.

In Head North, they propose an ambitious ten-point plan to rewire and reimagine our country beyond the Westminster bubble. A timely discussion around Northern voices and culture, devolution and the failed promises of ‘levelling up’ from successive Tory Prime Ministers, Head North outlines how we can spread political and economic power throughout the UK and push forward for a fairer future.

The North will not sit on the sidelines any longer. It’s time for real change – and this is how we can achieve it!

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Reviews

Margaret Aspinall, Former Chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group
The Hillsborough families know more than anyone that this country does not treat all people and all places equally. We also know our experience was not an exception: the same pattern of injustice keeps on repeating down the decades. The Head North Plan, with a Hillsborough Law at its heart, is the change our country needs.
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
This is a path-breaking book by two dynamic leaders working together to transform not just the north of England, but our view of what's possible in the north of England, and whose ideas on the future deserve all our attention.
Kwajo Tweneboa, Social Housing Activist
A moving and fascinating look behind the scenes of our political system; the important story of two politicians from working class backgrounds, who set out to change lives and do the right thing.