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There is a magic money tree after all

The Tories have found the magic money tree that Theresa May said didn't exist. But in his Budget review, Jim asks if there is underlying unease in the Tory Party about this dramatic switch from austerity to a bonanza of…
chris
12th March 2020
BlogsJust Jim

Nandy triumph in Manchester

Jim was at the Labour leadership hustings in Manchester this week and saw a strong performance by Wigan's Lisa Nandy. He feels it may not be enough to stop Keir Starmer but she is a woman to watch as Labour…
chris
27th February 2020
BlogsJust Jim

Solution to BBC funding

Jim's been talking to the BBC Director General about the future funding of the corporation.He outlines his idea in this blog and defends one of the few remaining British institutions respected around the world.
chris
20th February 2020
BlogsJust Jim

Cummings the sacker of Chancellors

This week Jim comments on the shock sacking of the Chancellor, believes we need to look carefully at the government's rail plans for the North, and urges Andy Burnham to get behind Lisa Nandy in the Labour leadership election.
chris
13th February 2020
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Action on Apprenticeships!

Jim reports on growing frustration in the business community about the apprenticeship system. The number of starts has fallen since a controversial levy was introduced in 2017. He has also been meeting the new Speaker who aims to turn a…
chris
6th February 2020
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Will towns be the government’s priority?

Will towns be the new driving force of the Northern Powerhouse? This week Downtown held an event with one of the leading Chief Executives in local government, Wigan's Alison McKenzie-Folan. Jim hosted the lunch and reports on her forthright views…
chris
23rd January 2020
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Raise your game Lisa!

This week Jim gives firm backing to Lisa Nandy in the Labour leadership race. However he acknowledges that the Wigan MP has ground to make up to defeat the frontrunners.
chris
16th January 2020