Powerhouse Politics: Four Lessons for the North

Ed Cox | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Cox

Lesson No. 1: Labour and the big cities London very often likes to portray itself as England's last bastion of the liberal left, with national news ...

The Labour Party Must Go Further and Faster Than the Tories on Devolution

Tristram Hunt | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Tristram Hunt

I believe the time for equivocation is over. Yes, the Tories' approach to negotiating devolution deals is secretive, haphazard and controlling. But while we must never shy away from exposing the flaws in the process, nor can we be lukewarm about the principle.

Metro Mayors Should Shake Up Their Cities

Luke Raikes | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Luke Raikes

The race is on to lead the North's major cities. This May it is Londoners who will elect their mayor. But on May 4 2017 it will finally be the turn of citizens in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, the North East and other areas to elect 'metro mayors' to govern their city regions.

Setting the Record Straight on Sunday trading

Fiona Bruce | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

The fundamental point about Sunday trading and the economy is that more hours do not equal more sales. All that happens when trading hours increase is that the sales get spread from smaller to larger stores, and across more hours.

Three Reasons Small Businesses Needn't Worry about Extended Sunday Trading

Annabel Denham | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Politics
Annabel Denham

The government's plans would see prohibitions limiting large stores from opening on Sundays for more than six hours lifted in certain circumstances. The decision would be devolved to local leaders across England and Wales (Scotland and Ireland already have powers over Sunday trading devolved to their regional parliaments).

A Balanced Economy Needs Responsible Finance for Business

Ben Hughes | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Ben Hughes

It was fascinating to read the latest description of a two-tier Britain - in which meaningful job creation is lagging behind in vast swathes of the Mi...

Realising the Revolution: Making Devolution Work for People and Communities

Tony Armstrong | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Armstrong

Less than two weeks into the New Year, we might look forward to 2016 as the year of the 'devolution revolution' - with the Chancellor George Osborne playing the starring role as we all take to the barricades to reclaim our communities from centuries of centralisation.

Devolution Is as Much About Sharing Power as Gaining It

Andrew Laird | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

The Government is studiously avoiding prescribing how devolution and integration should happen - but it is already clear that those who are thinking bigger than just their own local area will be more successful in their negotiations. So yes, fight for more power for your local area - but to maximise your 'devolution dividend', you must be ready to share it.

Spending Review 2015: It's All About the 'Devolution Revolution'

Andrew Laird | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

Local leaders should grab this opportunity with both hands and take advantage of the chance to used pooled budgets to properly join-up services so they make more sense to the wider public. For their part, the Government certainly don't seem to be putting any false restrictions on ambition.

Citizens Want a Say on Devolution

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

There is a real potential for a new way of doing things - that instead of devolution being a stitch-up between local and national politicians, we can have engagement from citizens to bring new insights and new ideas into the debate.

Devolution Is a Chance to Open Up Politics and Renew Our Democracy

Jon Trickett | Posted 15.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jon Trickett

We know that devolution can't just be a shift from Whitehall to the town hall. We want to see powers available to local communities and public service users so they can control the things that matter most to them. This is a chance to open up politics and renew our democracy. It requires a real commitment to letting go across every part of Government - a commitment that, sadly, is still sorely lacking from the Tories.

Football - Is There a North-South Divide?

Paul Worthington | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Sport
Paul Worthington

If the current Government is committed to developing a genuine Northern Powerhouse, in the future we might be longing for the days when clubs from the South East challenged to be the best in the country.

Yorkshire Citizens Want a Stronger Northern Powerhouse

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

At its heart, the project challenges the myth that people are disengaged from politics. When they are given the chance to assess and meaningfully discuss local issues, they jump at it.

Democracy Matters - We Need a Debate on Devolution

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

If you've not been following the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill going through Parliament at the moment, you're not the only one. But something exciting is happening this weekend that can finally get the public stuck into the debate.

Osborne's Mission to Finance the Future

Paul Worthington | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

A pivotal test for the Northern Powerhouse will be whether all of Osborne's supply side measures can deliver on his promise. If they do, Osborne will be praised for a series of bold decisions. If they don't, he may need to consider how far he is willing to go in order to meet his rhetoric.

Northern Ireland Deserves Better Than This Shambles

Stephen Donnan | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

For those of you that have been following Stormont Crisis No. 3,876 then you're probably aware of just how nauseatingly boring, drawn out and pathetic...

Jeremy Corbyn's Battle for Northern Voters

Paul Worthington | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised a new kind of politics. He has promised to build an inclusive party that engages with those who have been turned off politics. Moreover, he represents the forefront of anti-austerity politics. Britain under Corbyn would reverse cuts and engage in a new round of public spending.

Could London Inadvertently Help Bring About the Northern Powerhouse?

Paul Worthington | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

The price of land for commercial and residential purposes in London is approaching the point of acting as a drag on the city's development. How long before we start to hear common complaints that graduates are leaving London to start a career and family outside of the capital, resulting in a skills shortage which threatens London's reputation? It might be sooner than you think.

'The End Of Politics As We Know It' Chuka Umunna Calls For An English Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

An English Parliament is needed to cope with the “the end of British electoral politics as we know it,” Labour’s Chuka Umunna will say today. ...

The Time for Britain's 'New Federalism'

Tim Farron | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

As the Scotland Bill makes its way through Parliament, it's time to start igniting the liberalism of localism; for more of our towns and cities to start marching towards the drumbeat of devolution.

Osborne's DevoBudget

Paul Worthington | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

At the Budget Chancellor George Osborne once again put devolution and the Northern Powerhouse centre stage, in what is becoming a recurring feature of Osborne's parliamentary set-pieces.

Labour Is Calling for a More Ambitious and Comprehensive Devolution Agenda to Every Part of the Country

Emma Reynolds | Posted 05.07.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Reynolds

For all the Tories warm words, it is Labour that has led the way on devolution... We are calling on the government to deliver an ambitious and comprehensive package on devolution, handing power to every area and region of our country North and South, East and West.

This Government's Handling of 'English Votes for English Laws' Is Reckless, Dangerous, and Threatens the Future of Our Union

Angela Eagle | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

it is important to recognise that changes need to be made in Westminster too, and England's voice should be strengthened when it comes to English only matters. However, David Cameron has proposed fundamental Constitutional changes, and is proposing to introduce them in two weeks' time, using a little known parliamentary procedure... This is no way to make profound constitutional change. It is an outrage the Government thinks it is.

Delivering Radical Constitutional Change Is in Labour's DNA - We Must Grab This Opportunity With Both Hands

Ian Murray | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Murray

Labour's defeat in Scotland was a political event of seismic proportions. The message of the defeat was that we had lost the trust of thousands of voters. It was not that they necessarily disliked what we were saying; but we had lost the right to be heard. If we want to be heard again, we need to regain their trust. I will work day and night to ensure that we do.

Has the Northern Powerhouse Gone Off Track or Is This Just a Delay on Route?

Paul Worthington | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

The Conservative Party suffered its first major set-back on Thursday in its promise to create a Northern Powerhouse. Transport Secretary Patrick McLou...