Insights

02
Jun

Burnham vs Anderson: fighting the wrong battle?

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This week saw hopeful Greater Manchester Mayor candidate MP Andy Burnham face criticism from Liverpool’s current Mayor and Metro Mayor hopeful over his remarks that the job required a candidate with senior government experience (i.e. him). Furthermore, he stated that, due to the complicated nature of the role which will put the successful bidder in […]

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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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04
Dec

Manchester Devolution: Mark II

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This week, a six-week consultation on the proposed devolution deal for the Sheffield City Region has started. Greater Manchester, however, determined to stay ahead of the pack, is already looking at the next step on its devolution path. The Spending Review included an announcement from George Osborne that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will have […]

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10
Sep

A Mayor of Merseyside?

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The wait is finally over: the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has finally drawn up its wish-list of powers that it believes should be managed locally in return for the creation of a Mayor of Merseyside. The list includes: The creation of a land commission to oversee how the public sector estate is used The […]

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14
Aug

Metro Mayors – Next stop Liverpool?

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According to reports, Council Leaders across Merseyside will be providing the Government with a list of the powers they would like to gain as part of a devolution deal in just a few weeks. This list of demands will be presented to government ministers by Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson; Cllr Phil Davies, Chair of the […]

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24
Jul

What did we learn from the Northern Powerhouse debate?

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This week we gained yet more insight into the Northern Powerhouse, as Sir Richard Leese and Cllr Sean Anstee, the Leader of Manchester City Council and Trafford Council respectively, explained what they believe is needed to ensure its long-term success. The ultimate goal of the Northern Powerhouse, they agreed, is to improve the quality of life […]

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02
Feb

Questions for the Greater Manchester Mayor

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City leaders have begun to take a look at how the interim, appointed mayor, who will lead the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) until a future mayoral election, should be selected. As the system beds in, the appointed mayor will be the figurehead for the GMCA and will supervise the use of the first new […]

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08
Jan

Merseyside devolution: the politics of planning

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Election fever has well and truly started, with politicians of all parties hitting the campaign trail in order to take shots at each other’s policy proposals. In Liverpool, however, it is infighting amongst the Labour ranks that is making the biggest headlines. At the end of 2014 the Liverpool City Region looked set to be […]

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10
Nov

The Greater Manchester Mayor: Theory and Practice

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Following on from our last piece , it took only 45 days from the Prime Minister’s pledge “to empower our great cities” to the Chancellor standing in Manchester, announcing plans for “the first metro-wide elected mayor outside of London.” The speed with which a new metropolitan structure of governance was negotiated and agreed between Whitehall […]

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