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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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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
Nov

Devolution deals agreed

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It’s been a successful week for Chancellor George Osborne as devolution deals were signed off for both the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and West Midlands region. The deals will see powers over transport, skills and training, better control of strategic planning, and millions of pounds worth of investment (£30m a year in Liverpool and […]

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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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11
Jun

Transport in the North West: an ambitious programme

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I was at an event in Manchester this morning that focused on transport infrastructure in Manchester and across the North. It was great to hear first-hand from Network Rail and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), two of the key players in turning aspiration and policy into infrastructure improvement. Network Rail is planning to invest almost […]

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