Author: Hugh Goulbourne

Hugh is a leading commercial lawyer and works with the Leeds City Region through his role as a voluntary director of Huddersfield Unlimited. A former government adviser on clean energy policy, Hugh has secured millions of pounds in investment for projects that address climate change. With both Caribbean and Indian heritage he is passionate about promoting Yorkshire as a diverse and inclusive place. He is a sports, coffee and outdoors enthusiast and lives with his wife and two daughters.

2020 IN REVIEW

2020’s impact on tourism and hospitality – what next for 2021?

Hugh Goulbourne

s we begin 2021, it is absolutely critical we have a plan that will ensure the sector can bounce back more strongly once enough people are vaccinated, to ensure that we are through the worst of the pandemic. The first part of that plan must involve working with the government to form a common understanding as to how and when the sector can safely reopen as early as possible in 2021.

Our future: transport

Hugh Goulbourne

Hugh Goulbourne is seeking nomination to be the Labour Party’s candidate for the West Yorkshire mayoral election. West Yorkshire cannot wait for Westminster any longer; our mayor must do things differently! As the government dithers and delays further on plans to extend HS2 to Leeds, it is critical that leaders in Yorkshire are not distracted […]

Our future: health

Hugh Goulbourne

By Hugh Goulbourne in collaboration with Dr M E Noble As thousands of parents and schoolchildren are forced to self-isolate, students are locked up in their halls of residence and pubs are required to close at 10pm, it is clear that the government has lost control of the pandemic. This has repercussions not just for […]

Our future: countryside and the environment

Hugh Goulbourne

Last week’s Extinction Rebellion protests once again saw images in the media of climate campaigners protesting in city centres while people tried to do their work around them, look after children or find somewhere peaceful to have a sandwich in their lunch break. The protests shone a spotlight on the increasing divisions in our society. […]

Our future: towns and cities

Hugh Goulbourne

Some of you may have been watching the BBC’s programme on the regeneration of Manchester (Manctopia) with a mixture of horror and fascination. Here on this side of the Pennines I think we can do things better, in a way that includes local people and is fair to all. Our towns and city centres are […]

Chancellor’s employment support programme is not enough

Hugh Goulbourne

This weekend’s briefings by the chancellor in relation to Wednesday’s mini-budget were a welcome response to cross-sector demands for employment support. But the proposed support programme could work so much better if accompanied by regional economic strategies designed by metropolitan mayors who are in touch with business leaders and the needs of their local economies, […]