May names new Northern Powerhouse minister

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s ministerial reshuffle has seen several new names appointed to oversee policies in the built environment and the North, including different ministers for the Northern Powerhouse and housing.

Napthens recruits partners for real estate

Napthens has hired two experienced commercial property lawyers to join its Blackpool and Preston offices, from Hempsons and Hill Dickinson respectively.

Local elections so far, at a glance

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As the counting of votes continues across a number of the North West’s local authorities, the results are in for all Greater Manchester’s boroughs outside the city centre, and in Liverpool, Mayor Joe Anderson’s re-election was confirmed with 52.6% of the vote.

Solar installation boss disqualified

Andrew Rushton, Lancashire-based director of PV Solar Fit, a company involved in supplying energy efficient insulations, has been disqualified for eight years after running up £600,000 of unexplained expenditure.