Skip to content

Lord Michael Heseltine: The best prime minister we never had

A political giant for more than five decades, the man who many believe to be ‘the best Prime Minister we never had’, Lord Michael Heseltine, joined DIB boss Frank McKenna in the Downtown Den this week.

A political giant for more than five decades, the man who many believe to be ‘the best Prime Minister we never had’, Lord Michael Heseltine, joined DIB boss Frank McKenna in the Downtown Den this week.

‘Hezza’, also affectionately referred to as ‘Tarzan’ by Tory activists in the 1970s and 80s, has been at the forefront of public life since 1979 when he was given his first cabinet role by Margaret Thatcher as the Secretary of State for the Environment. He has also served as the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Trade & Industry, and Deputy Prime Minister.    

A staunch advocate of the UK remaining in the European Union, Lord Heseltine is President of the European Movement.

Despite a general antagonism towards Conservative leaders and politicians, the city of Liverpool have made Heseltine an ‘adopted Scouser’, following his pivotal role in helping to regenerate the city in the early Eighties, when he was given the title ‘Minister for Merseyside’. He was made a Freeman of Liverpool in 2012 and he is still a regular visitor to the city. 

In this wide-ranging conversation, the successful entrepreneur and politician discusses his role in Liverpool’s renaissance; his frustrations with Brexit; his time in government; and his vision for the future. 

In this fascinating discussion, Lord Heseltine chats to Frank about:

  • His role in the urban regeneration of Liverpool
  • Devolution
  • The overdominance of London
  • Levelling Up
  • Brexit and re-establishing EU relations
  • His impressive political career
  • Highs and lows of governments over the years
  • Local government reorganisation
  • His favourite Prime Minister

The European Movement https://www.europeanmovement.co.uk

Downtown in Business

Nugent Gala 2024: Making Memories

Liverpool based charity Nugent are hosting their annual Nugent Gala. The event will take place at the Rum Warehouse in the Titanic Hotel on the 7th of November 2024. They will be fundraising to provide memorable experiences to those who have faced adversity within Liverpool communities to help break negative cycles and create lasting positive memories.

Read More

Leading electrical retailer AO chooses Bruntwood SciTech’s innovation hub 111 Piccadilly for city centre creative hub

Bruntwood SciTech is announcing that the UK’s leading electrical retailer, AO, has chosen 111 Piccadilly for its new Manchester city centre creative hub.

The firm will take the entire 15th floor, providing a fully fitted and furnished workspace for its creative department, comprising animators, production staff and graphic designers. By relocating to 111 Piccadilly, AO will gain direct collaboration and networking opportunities with other like-minded tech businesses already based at the building, including the likes of national EV charging network Be.EV and payment solutions software provider, Total Processing.

Read More

Sullivan Brown

We are delighted that Sullivan Brown are our latest Business of the Week. Sullivan Brown have been proud to work alongside some of the brightest talents in HR, helping over 130 organisations hire over 650 HR professionals.

Read More