Local elections so far, at a glance
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.
MIPIM: HS3 first link in Northern Powerhouse Rail
Transport continued to dominate discussions during the second day of MIPIM in Cannes, as Jon Lamonte, chief executive of Transport for Greater Manchester, outlined his vision for a ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’ network.
BUDGET: Firms line up for High Speed North work
Companies active on major civil engineering projects will be preparing to start competing for the £300m of transport project design work confirmed on Wednesday as the Chancellor officially greenlit recommendations from Lord Adonis’ High Speed North report.
MIPIM: Europe needs to know meaning of Northern Powerhouse, says Bernstein
“For the Northern Powerhouse to work, we need to focus on our sectors of global distinctiveness,” Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein stressed during a panel debate alongside Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson. “This is an EU issue as well as a UK issue.”
MIPIM: Liverpool needs private sector to fill grant gap – Anderson
Liverpool is presenting potential investors with an £11bn portfolio of “oven-ready” sites at the international property conference, part of the city region’s strategy to bridge the funding gap left by Government cuts, said Mayor Joe Anderson.
Budget to inject £300m into priority transport projects
George Osborne will use tomorrow’s Budget to commit £60m to developing a high-speed rail link from Leeds to Manchester, dubbed HS3, another £75m to work up proposals for a Trans-Pennine tunnel to Sheffield and to tackle M60 congestion, and £161m for M62 improvements around Warrington and Rochdale.
Bernstein sets out case for staying in EU
“Manchester has strong connections and in places dependence on its membership of the EU,” according to Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, writing in a 19-page report on the potential impacts of the UK leaving the European Union, due to be discussed at the council’s economy scrutiny committee meeting today.
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.
Anderson takes chair at combined authority
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has been appointed chairman of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, replacing Wirral leader Cllr Phil Davies, who had announced his intention to step down prior to the authority’s meeting on Friday.
AS2015: Regional funding deck shuffled
Osborne tweaked funding for growing occupiers, often used to unlock new premises, with the abolition of Regional Growth Fund to be replaced by the £12m Local Growth Fund, and introduction of a £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund using European structural funds, subject to clearance from Brussels.
AS2015: Northern transport moves up Government agenda
George Osborne promised a £13bn investment into Northern transport over the next five years in his combined Autumn Statement and Spending Review, fleshing out earlier announcements and emphasising cross-regional connectivity.