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Downtown in Business Lancashire hosted a special event at Farleys Solicitors on Winckley Square Preston on Monday 4th February. The event entitled ‘ Leaders Lunch with Geoff Driver’ discussed  how 2019 promises to be a year when the County’s future relationship with the European Union, the devolution  settlement and the Northern Powerhouse will dominate much of the political debate and discussion, Councillor Driver offered his thoughts and opinions on what the next twelve months holds for business and politics in the Red Rose County.

The lunch and question session was ably hosted by Jim Hancock, who also writes a weekly blog for Downtown in Business.

It was as expected a straightforward, detailed, and knowledgeable exposition of those issues. It sparked a lively debate amongst the guests with questions ranging from planning interpretation issues, to how would a unitary authority actually work, and to whether all of Lancashire would speak with “one voice” in the political arena. All the questions were answered thoughtfully

Downtown’s Justin Culver commented; “It was obvious to see that the career that Councillor Driver has had, gives him a unique insight into issues and solutions for Lancashire as a whole. He acknowledged that whilst he represents one political party it is more important to seek to do what is best for the whole community. His actions and commitment showed us that is indeed true”.