Bishop stands up for Sheffield in House of Lords speech

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One of Sheffield’s religious leaders has called for a fairer deal for the city.

Reverend Dr Steven Croft urged members of the House of Lords to do what they could to address economic growth imbalances between London and Britain’s nine next largest cities. He hailed South Yorkshire as an example of somewhere lack of growth has huge societal implications.

Dr Croft said: “Youth unemployment and underemployment, for example, is a major challenge in South Yorkshire and blights many lives. Inequality between cities has serious consequences for the sense of cohesion and fairness of life in the UK.”

The bishop also highlighted the need to strengthen links between universities, research and industry in cities like Sheffield during the speech.