Steve Gillingham Mace

COMMENT | What makes a successful Metro Mayor?

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This weekend marks 100 days since the country’s first Metro Mayors took up their posts, writes Steve Gillingham of Mace. With terrorist attacks, a turbulent general election, and challenging Brexit negotiations all making the headlines, it has been a testing initiation period.

TfN demands evidence base for proposed changes

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The organisation, which is tasked with driving economic growth in the North, has thrown its weight behind the calls of Andy Burnham and other civic figureheads for the government to see through in full its commitment to strategic rail improvements in the region.

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GMCA to rubber-stamp film school

Funding for the International Screen School Manchester and a Cyber Innovation Hub to be developed at Heron House are among the key items to go before the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s meeting on Friday.

Burnham calls for electrification commitment

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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has demanded answers from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, following the minister’s comments last week that full electrification of the Manchester-Leeds railway may not take place.

Fit-out framework named as HMRC project inches forward

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Fit-out contractors including Overbury and Sale-based Styles & Wood have been appointed to a nine-strong framework as part of the Government Property Unit’s ongoing project to consolidate HMRC from more than 170 locations into 13 regional centres.

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GE 2017 | All to play for

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Voting opened at 7am for the snap general election. People have until 10pm this evening to get to a polling station and vote for their preferred candidate for 650 parliamentary seats, including some marginal seats in the North West.

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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: Be defiantly kind

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"Be kind. Be kind to everyone around you. Be defiantly kind," began the first in a series of daily bulletins sent by Manchester Community Central to health organisations in the city this week. Here we reproduce extracts from these and other expert guides for anyone seeking support with distress caused by the atrocity and practical advice on how to speak to children about terrorist threats.