English Devolution Post-Brexit: Cameron Exit Stage Left, Cue Mrs May

Nikki Knowles | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Nikki Knowles

Conflicting messages and vague assurances could undermine the process and at this time of economic and democratic uncertainty, the business community and local government need some guarantee that the Government has an industrial strategy for the whole of the UK and plan for Brexit and beyond.

Andy Burnham Should Put Health at the Heart of His Mayoral Campaign

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Harry Quilter-Pinner

Taking control of Manchester's health budget will not be easy. Funding will be a big headache - as the region faces a £2billion black hole in the finances over the next five years. Finding the necessary efficiency savings will be no mean feat given that many of the easy savings have already been made over recent years.

You Say You Want Devolution?

Tom Jeffery | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

The referendum result, the appointment of a new prime minister and a reshuffle may have briefly muted think tanks, but not for long. Devolution was very much on the agenda this week - but why?

The Brexit Referendum - Joke Letter From 1,054 Barristers

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

The result of the Brexit referendum on EU membership has no binding force in law. This was the main point made in an open letter to David Cameron signed by 1054 barristers on 9 July 2016. This is undoubtedly correct. But the rest of the letter, and especially the part that proposes "a way forward", reads like a joke.

The Opportunities of Devolution Must Not Come at the Cost of Our Universal NHS

Luciana Berger | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

When Aneurin Bevan spoke in support of the second reading of Labour's NHS Bill 68 years ago, he made a very simple, clear case. He argued that for healthcare to be truly universal, and democratic, it must be delivered through a national system. The N in NHS must truly stand for National, he argued...

A New Settlement for Post Referundum Britain

Simon Sapper | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

The future is of course unwritten. The post-referendum landscape will inevitably be different, and we can't leave it to others to shape it. The opportunity to shape a new constitutional settlement - that takes the heat from the referendum campaign and produces something effective, enduring and empowering - is one we must take.

A Disunited Kingdom: Views on the Brexit Differ in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

If you, for simplicity's sake, wanted to slice the cake four ways: Scotland and Northern Ireland both seem to prefer to remain. While Wales is somewhat undecided, England tilts towards wanting to leave. Hence, the Kingdom seems more disunited than ever.

How Our Hubs Are Making Literacy a Priority for the Whole Community

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

"It is only when you get close up to a community you see literacy leadership comes in different guises," Julia Cleverdon, the Chair of the National Li...

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 15.10.2016 | 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 05.10.2016 | 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 17.09.2016 | 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 13.09.2016 | 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.