NANDY IN THE RIGHT JOB.

Jim gives his views on this week’s shake up in Labour’s shadow team as it affects the North. Five Greater Manchester MPs are in the Shadow Cabinet and none from Liverpool as Sir Keir Starmer continues his march to the middle ground.

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Does politics affect business investment?

How much notice do business investors take of the political shenanigins at the Town Hall? Jim previews a lecture next week by distinguished academic Michael Parkinson who will look at Liverpool. A city massively regenerated but with a political system that’s bust.

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The rise of Red Wall Tories

Are northern Red Wall Tories about to replace the old guard as the MPs with clout in the Conservative Party? Jim poses the question in the aftermath of the Paterson Affair. He also reports on some great ideas for helping state school pupils suggested at a recent Downtown event.

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Green jobs chance for North

The climate change debate is mostly cast in negative terms. In this week’s blog Jim looks at the great employment prospects the green revolution can bring to the North West.

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Cutting up PM’s credit card

After Business Bashing Boris,the Chancellor is likely to be more supportive of bosses in next week’s Budget according to Jim as he previews what we can expect from Rishi Sunak on Wednesday.

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Loss of reputation

Jim accuses the government of trashing our international reputation in the row over the Northern Ireland protocol and calls on Brussels to prepare sanctions.

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TORY CHALLENGE TO BUSINESS.

The Tories have thrown down the gauntlet to business over wages, productivity and investment. Jim reports on the Conservative conference in Manchester to get behind the bluster as the storm clouds gather.

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Another market failure

This week Jim comments on another blow to those who put their faith in market forces with the gas crisis continuing.He also reminds readers of the Hazel Grove past of Culture Secreatry Nadine Dorries, notes that Lancashire is now a favourite haunt of America’s top politicians and prepares for another difficult Labour conference in Brighton.

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Tories rush to raise taxes

Jim criticises the government for rushing through its social care proposals whilst acknowledging that Labour has no alternative.He also forecasts a change of priorities for the next leader of Manchester City Council.

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