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

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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19
May

Will a Liverpool City Region Mayor represent Merseyside?

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It has long been known that Joe Anderson will be gunning for the job of the Liverpool City Region metro mayor, but now Labour MP Luciana Berger looks to be throwing her hat in to the ring, soon to be followed by fellow MP Steve Rotheram. Of course, as the region’s name suggests, Liverpool will […]

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24
Mar

Greater Manchester devolution – have your say

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After almost 18 months of agreements, negotiations and press releases, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has published the plans for devolution (in bureaucratese, a ‘Governance Review and Scheme’). This means that we have our first proper look at the planned powers of the Greater Manchester mayor and their Cabinet. In planning, housing and regeneration, the […]

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24
Mar

Where’s the deal for Leeds?

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Despite dedicating a section of his Budget to devolution, there was no mention from George Osborne about any deal for Leeds. The devolution agenda has managed to bridge party lines in many areas, especially between the Conservative government and Labour-run local authorities, but politics now appears to be hindering progress on a devolution deal which […]

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15
Jan

A Greater Lancashire?

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This week, the starting gun has been fired for the consultation as to whether there should be a combined authority for Lancashire. This has been a long journey, and many have called for such a body for some time. With Lancashire noticeably absent from the Chancellor’s Northern Powerhouse trip to China towards the end of […]

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