Insights

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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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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16
Mar

A Budget for the North?

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The Northern Powerhouse is now an integral part of the political lexicon, much talked about among the national and local media. That is, perhaps, phase one of the scheme complete. But now people are asking for more than just brand awareness: they want to know what the Government actually plans to do. Thankfully, we’ve just […]

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11
Mar

Can a mayor make transport better?

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Yesterday we attended the launch of the new IPPR North report, Connecting Lines – How Devolving Transport Policy can Transform our Cities. The event itself focused on the issue of what metro mayors can do to tackle the challenges cities face, and some interesting issues were raised. Tony Lloyd and Sean Anstee, the interim Mayor […]

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03
Feb

In conversation with Tony Lloyd: devolution in the North

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Last Thursday, my colleague Stephen and I attended the Downtown in Business event featuring Tony Lloyd. Manchester born and bred, Mr Lloyd has over 30 years of parliamentary experience, as well as having held several ministerial positons. After briefly explaining his role as Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, he delved into the position he […]

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25
Jan

Network Rail to continue work on Ordsall Chord

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Network Rail has confirmed it will progress work on the Ordsall Chord link despite a further legal challenge from the former Institution of Civil Engineers president and a former consultant on the project, Mark Whitby. The intracity railway which will link Manchester’s Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria stations was originally proposed in the late 1970s […]

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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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26
Nov

The only way is up

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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has produced yet another interactive, open-source map. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework highlights areas across Greater Manchester which could be potential development sites, including suggestions which have come from the public. It has previously been mentioned that there is keenness for the city centre itself to expand upwards and for […]

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