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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
BlogsJust Jim

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
BlogsJust Jim

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
BlogsJust Jim

The destabilising decade

In his last blog of the year, Jim looks back on the most turbulent decade ever in British politics. It began with Gordon Brown determined to make Labour the natural party of power and ended with it looking unlikely they…
chris
19th December 2019