The Mayors of Greater Manchester & West Yorkshire are the latest speakers to be announced for the Talking ‘Bout Regeneration conference 2024.
Jim reports from the Convention of the North in Manchester. A confident gathering with demands for sweeping devolution powers. But questions remain over both parties willingness to go along with it. Jim also found the North West is trailing the North East in its enthusiasm for any devolution deals at all.
Will the new Minister for Housing, Communities & Local Government progress the devolution agenda – or has the King of the North put the Tories off Mayors?
After last week’s big round of elections will there ever be a Labour government again?Frank and Jim give their differing views in this week’s blogs and Jim looks at the detailed results in the North West
Frank McKenna explains why the government’s latest ‘local lockdown’ approach to tackling the Covid-crisis is the worst of all worlds, in his latest Downtown blog.
The chief executive of business lobby group Downtown in Business, Frank McKenna has backed calls from Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham for the government to introduce furlough arrangements where local lockdowns take place.
Campaign across Greater Manchester on how to stay safe. Business owners and employees urged to follow Safely Reopening GM guidelines.
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.