Model routes to democracy
Dr Arianna Giovannini says Sheffield voters' decision to reject the strong leader model was a 'victory for democracy'. But Henri Murison rejects the case for committee decision-making while Cllr Tony Page argues for a hybrid approach.
Future Forum North: Collaboration key to levelling up
City council chief executives made a united call for a collaborative approach to levelling up at The MJ's Future Forum North today.
Think-tank launches levelling up Big Bang theory
The Government should launch a Northern Big Bang to ‘unleash a torrent of investment into the Northern economy’ says a report from a Conservative think-tank.
Ministers urged to turbo-charge levelling up agenda
Ministers have been urged to turbo-charge their ‘levelling up’ agenda after latest figures show the North of England economically slipping further behind the rest of the country.
Spending review: The chancellor has made some big promises – can he deliver?
The chancellor’s ambition is laudable, says research director of the Fabian Society Luke Raikes, but it will take ‘time, massive investment and above all real devolution to see the difference’.
Jenrick defends PM amid devo 'disaster' claim
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has defended the Prime Minister’s claim that devolution in Scotland has been a ‘disaster’.
Northern Powerhouse must be for real
If the North is to ‘own’ the Northern Powerhouse a new partnership with Government is needed, as called for by the Convention of the North, write Ben Lucas and Mike Emmerich.
Blue wall rebels call for economic kickstart
Northern Tory MPs led by the former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry have urged their government to kickstart its promised ‘levelling up’ agenda with a Northern Economic Recovery Plan.
Levelling up or pushing down?
Stoke-on-Trent has been the victim of the repeated failure of regional economic policy, say Steven Griggs, Stephen Hall and Martin Jones. They ask if localism can deliver alone for the city or anywhere else.
The politics of the ‘Red Wall’ is coming home to roost
There is nothing local or ‘place-sensitive’ in measures packaged in Whitehall and forced on to communities in the North, argues Arianna Giovannini.
Lancashire lays its foundations for recovery
Lancashire CC and its partners are having a ‘decisive, honest and evidence-based conversation with Government’ aimed at moving the economy in the right direction, says Stephen Young.
Five compelling reasons why HS2East must be given same priority as HS2West
It is vital that the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North states categorically that HS2 east will be built concurrently with HS2 west, argues Cllr Judith Blake.
Think tank calls for £100bn investment in the North's nature
The Government has been urged by a think tank to invest up to £100bn over the next 25 years to create a plan for nature in the North of England.
Government should create unitary system, think-tank urges
The Government should create a unitary system of local government based on functional economic areas, a think-tank has argued.
North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research
Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils call for say in devo White Paper
Councils are battling to ‘jointly craft’ the devolution White Paper ahead of its publication later this year.
Northern Powerhouse 'downgrade' in reshuffle
The Government has been accused of ‘downgrading’ the Northern Powerhouse in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.
South-east authorities raise fears of 'grinding to a halt'
Post-election rhetoric of ‘levelling up’ areas of northern England by the Government has caused concern among councillors in the south-east.
Devolution is still driven by a 'divide and rule' ethos
The North needs to be empowered and fairly funded, so it can take control of its own future and prosper. This isn’t radical, it’s essential – for the North and for the country, says Arianna Giovannini.
York welcomes House of Lords move suggestion
York City Council has welcomed news that the Government is considering moving the House of Lords to the city.