Insights

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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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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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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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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