April 15, 2021

SNP victory: What would PM do?

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This week Jim begins a three part preview of the big round of forthcoming elections. This time he has the Scottish Parliament in his sights, with big questions for Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson to answer.

Thanks for nothing?

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Frank McKenna is struggling to celebrate the latest relaxation of Lockdown measures. In his latest blog, he explains why.

Lancashire ready to punch its weight again

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Twenty years after standing down as the Leader of Lancashire County Council, DIB boss Frank McKenna reflects on the county’s place in the Northern Powerhouse – and why he believes Lancashire is ready to start to punch its weight again.

Lord Adonis to address DIB property conference

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Lord Andrew Adonis is the latest big-name speaker to be confirmed for the inaugural Downtown in Business national property conference that will take place at the Belfry in the West Midlands on Thursday 9th September.

Politicians’ ‘stunted ambitions’ could hold Liverpool back

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Downtown CEO, Frank McKenna says he fears the ‘stunted ambitions’ of local politicians could hold the city back just as its economy seeks to emerge from lockdown and has pointed to the ‘anti-development, anti-progress’ stance of leading Labour, Liberal Democrat and independent politicians in the run-up to key local elections on May 6.