Insights

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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01
Jun

What to expect from the interim Mayor

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Greater Manchester’s ten council leaders have picked the Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, to be the interim Mayor of Greater Manchester. The decision took a few hours, as the ten were initially evenly split between Mr Lloyd and the Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith. Mr Lloyd will do the job for the […]

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14
May

Powering ahead

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Their shock majority has left surprised Conservatives having to implement their manifesto. Since just about everyone thought they were writing a negotiating document and not a legislative programme (witness Evan Davis and Jeremy Hunt on Newsnight discussing which bits of the manifesto they would implement), they may not have given too much thought to how […]

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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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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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22
Oct

Devolution – the future for British cities?

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The United Kingdom’s near-death experience seems to have changed it. As a relieved David Cameron welcomed the news on 19 September, he pledged to find “a decisive answer” to the UK’s constitutional quagmire, reopening questions about English devolution that seemed to have been closed by the referendum in the North East a decade ago. The […]

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