Bailey to take over from Jones at Cheshire East Council

The Cheshire East Conservative Group has announced that its new leader will be Cllr Rachel Bailey, ward member for Audlem, replacing Cllr Michael Jones who stepped down in December following allegations of improper conduct.

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Cheshire East Council leader Cllr Michael Jones has resigned following allegations of improper conduct around the award of contracts to a physiotherapy firm.

AS2015: Science remains firmly on agenda

George Osborne reaffirmed his commitment to science as a central plank of his economic policy with funding and detail added to previously announced science projects.

AS2015: Spending boost for Manchester museums

Grants of £300,000 to restore First World War hangars in Ellesmere Port, £9m a year to cover running costs at the new £110m Factory theatre in Manchester and a new South Asia gallery in conjunction with the British Museum, also in Manchester, were among the culture media and sports announcements in this year’s Autumn Statement.

AS2015: New Enterprise Zones named

A handful of new Enterprise Zones were announced by the chancellor in the Autumn Statement to lever investment into the region, at Kingmoor Park in Carlisle, a new Cheshire Science Corridor linking several assets, Hillhouse Chemicals & Energy at Thornton-Cleveleys in Lancashire, and Greater Manchester Life Science.

Osborne announces new industry-led schools

Government has announced two new technical schools for the North West aimed at filling skills gap in priority sectors; Crewe University Technical College and a Studio school at Deyes High in Sefton.