Insights

14
Oct

Green light for the National Infrastructure Commission

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Over the last few months, there has been much speculation over the future of major infrastructure schemes and the wider Northern Powerhouse and devolution agenda. When Theresa May became Prime Minister, it was only natural that some questioned whether it would spell the end for George Osborne’s flagship projects, especially as Mrs May’s rhetoric at […]

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09
Sep

Devo North East no more?

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Almost 12 months ago, the North East looked set to get a new, elected mayor, and a billion pounds of investment as part of a devolution deal agreed with the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Fast forward to now, and that vision couldn’t be much further from reality. The new Communities and Local […]

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26
Aug

Elected mayors: we hardly knew ye

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When Theresa May took over as Prime Minister, there were murmurings across the North that the Northern Powerhouse agenda could be scrapped, and, with Theresa May hoping to assert strong leadership for her premiership, it was expected that many of David Cameron and George Osborne’s flagship policies such as devolution would be reversed. Some of […]

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11
Aug

Devolution: is Manchester no longer the chosen one?

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There has been a lot of discussion over the fate of the Northern Powerhouse since Theresa May’s coronation as Prime Minister. Despite the appointment of a new Northern Powerhouse minister, Mrs May has apparently distanced herself from the policy programme by creating the Cabinet Committee on Economy and Industrial Strategy, which seeks to deliver an […]

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04
Aug

Manchester Business and Westminster: when opportunity knocks

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Greater Manchester’s business community has requested evidence of the new Government’s commitment to investing in the city-region’s economic infrastructure. The three key areas of concern are: transport, broadband and infrastructure. In a joint statement, business leaders said: “Driving growth across the UK regions is critical for economic prosperity. Greater Manchester’s businesses help generate  £56bn for the economy  every year, […]

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04
Aug

Yorkshire Day: where’s the devolution?

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The first Yorkshire Day was held over 40 years ago, as a protest against reforms to local government. Since then, 1 August has evolved into a day of celebration; an opportunity to showcase all that Yorkshire has to offer. For this year’s occasion, for example, a model of York Minster has been sculpted from 75kg […]

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27
Jul

Metro Mayors: who will be waving the red flags in Manchester and Liverpool?

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We are still some way off the elections for the new Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Regional mayors, due to be held in May 2017, but it would not be unfair to suggest that the more important vote is already underway. In the coming weeks Labour members in both cities will select the Labour Party’s […]

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27
Jul

Mr Hammond goes to China

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Over the years, Manchester has seen significant levels of EU investment into the city, ranging from Metrolink upgrades and the building of innovative science parks, to university research and city-centre regeneration projects. MediaCityUK, the Soapworks and Citylabs have all benefited from EU funds. Last week however, the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard […]

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21
Jul

Electrification heading down the line for North Wales?

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The North Wales and Mersey Dee Rail Task Force (NW&MD) has recently launched a campaign calling for the £1bn electrification of the North Wales railway line from Chester to Holyhead. It is hoped that the line would connect North Wales with HS2 bringing 70,000 jobs across the Cheshire, Mersey Dee and North Wales regions. Flintshire […]

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15
Jul

A Manifesto for the North

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ResPublica’s Manifesto for the North, launched at last week’s Finding True North conference, provides a litany of policy ideas aimed at linking up the Northern economy and driving growth. Its claim that the Northern Powerhouse  ‘of all the post-war innovations and attempts at reversing abject decline … has come closest to what is needed’ may […]

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