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.
Jim forecasts that we could see the end of meaningful devolution in the North following next week’s crisis budget. He also comments on the American elections, and reports on parliamentary boundary changes and a possible left wing purge in the Labour Party.
Simon Danczuk discusses why playing politics with social housing is a dangerous game for Labour.
As 2022 gets underway, the Downtown in Business team look at the political outlook and its potential impact on the business and the economy in the forthcoming year in Lancashire.
In his latest blog Downtown boss Frank McKenna expresses his concerns about where politics in the UK is heading as he reflects on the Dominic Cummings fiasco.
This week Frank McKenna reflects on the consequences of Boris Johnson pursuing his ambition rather than the policies in which he believes.