• Pitch perfect for the future

    11 June 2024

    The time is ripe for local leaders to prepare pitches for projects that can make a difference in their areas, writes Greg Clark.

  • Is devolution to metro mayors having its intended effect?

    28 May 2024

    In the political sphere, the Labour party loudly celebrated its near-clean sweep of victories at the metro mayor elections, but risks neglecting the needs of England’s biggest cities.

  • Don't neglect England's metro mayors

    28 May 2024

    Andrew Carter warns conflicting priorities could trump political affiliations for Labour's metro mayors and Westminster, should Starmer win the General Election.

  • Mayors meet to hear growth plans

    13 May 2024

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has summoned his party’s newly-elected mayors for a meeting to detail his plans for economic growth.

  • Sunak faces his countdown

    07 May 2024

    Duncan Flynn says the clock is ticking very loudly for Rishi Sunak and he’s struggling to find the words needed to connect with a sceptical electorate.

  • Sweet oblivion

    07 May 2024

    The election results should give greater purchase for pushing through Rachel Reeves' take on industrial strategy and addressing the continued national productivity failure, says Jonathan Werran.

  • Can mayoral polls help Tories buck their losing trend?

    03 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran picks out the highlights from the local and mayoral poll results so far, and he argues the case for a more stable set of electoral cycles.

  • What next for unitarisation?

    30 April 2024

    Ahead of the Mayoral elections, Steve Leach and Colin Copus ask if the proliferation of combined authorities has snookered the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ unitary authorities policy.

  • The NHS is the top concern for voters

    30 April 2024

    What the latest IPSOS data shows is that the mayoral model can work in terms of public recognition – even if real power remains firmly rooted in Westminster, according to Ben Page.

  • Driving positive outcomes must be top of metro mayors' agenda

    26 April 2024

    Improving outcomes for communities is at the heart of successful devolution and metro mayors must put in place a plan to achieve this from day one, says Kerry Scott.

  • He should be so plucky

    23 April 2024

    It’s a well-established principle that prospective politicians need to take to the rubber chicken circuit to get elected.

  • Gove open to giving mayors Whitehall voice

    23 April 2024

    Local government secretary Michael Gove has not ruled out a ‘formal structure’ for mayors to work more closely with central government.

  • What will the next steps be for the mayoral model?

    22 April 2024

    While the offers to communities from mayors are maturing, there remain big questions to be answered by whichever party forms the next Government, says Zoë Billingham.

  • Why mayors matter

    08 April 2024

    Polling shows the public wants more local control over policy decisions, and directly-elected mayors give them the chance to put place over politics, says Paul Swinney.

  • Battle lines drawn for local elections

    03 April 2024

    Rows over levelling up have dominated the opening clashes as campaigning kicked off for next month’s local elections.

  • Powering up the North

    02 April 2024

    Richard Stubbs and Michael Wood say the opportunity to strengthen both the health and economy of northern England is immense – and that is why deeper devolution is needed.

  • Parties draw battlelines for local elections

    28 March 2024

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has given a speech in Dudley today following campaign launches by the Conservatives and Lib Dems.

  • Observations on Japan’s strong local leader model

    26 March 2024

    Reflecting on his Japanese Study Tour, Sam Cunningham says it is imperative to seek inspiration and insights beyond borders amid the challenges facing councils.

  • Growing pains

    20 March 2024

    With local growth high on the political agenda, Ben Franklin sets out his recipe for success.

  • Court rules against police powers for West Midlands mayor

    19 March 2024

    The High Court has ruled against the Government’s plans to merge the role of the West Midlands police and crime commissioner (PCC) with the regional mayor.