The wars of the regions

By Simon Gentry, Public Affairs Devolution does strange things.  People who know a bit about American politics, and to some degree the EU, are aware of the inherent pressures that exist between the various levels of government there.  In the US there are frequent spats between the federal government in Washington DC and state governors…

The rise and stall of Andy Burnham

By Chris Midgley Andy Burnham is the very definition of a career politician. He went from university (Fitzwilliam, Cambridge) to work as a researcher for Tessa Jowell, then as a Spad for Chris Smith – a post he resigned from after being elected to the (then) Labour safe seat of Leigh, Greater Manchester in 2001….

Greater Manchester placed into Tier Three restrictions

By Tim Le Couilliard, Public Affairs Speaking at Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson today delivered the news that Greater Manchester would indeed be placed into Tier Three lockdown restrictions, as well as announcing the support package that has been under discussion for the last 10 days. As the major city of the North, and…

Letter from… Manchester

By Chris Midgley As we head towards more restrictions at a national level, in Greater Manchester we have had local restrictions in place for several weeks. Despite this, infection rates have been rising – with Tameside General Hospital accounting for one third of all deaths in England from COVID-19 last week. Anecdotally there seems to…

Letter from… Manchester

By Joshua Bell, Newgate Manchester Greater Manchester is in a precarious situation. The city has slowly been coming back to life, however, the combination of rising COVID-19 cases and local lockdowns is impacting its re-emergence. Just today, Bolton has seen its restrictions tighten, with the hospitality sector set to close its doors and the re-introduction…

Letter from… Manchester

By Josh Bell, Senior Consultant As Manchester has re-opened, the city looks and feels very different. The Northern Quarter, where I live and work, has been transformed. Bars and restaurants which were confined to their indoor space have spilled out onto the streets. Throughout the past few weeks Manchester City Council has set about closing…

Letter from… Manchester

By Joshua Bell, Senior Consultant Manchester is slowly reopening and as the city looks forward, it is worth acknowledging the good that has come from almost three months of lockdown.  In terms of the practical changes, almost every city centre road has been re-laid, areas of the city pedestrianised for good and the demand for…

Letter from… Manchester

By Chris Midgley, Account Director It appears despite Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham’s insistence that the region must lift the lockdown at a slower pace than London, some Manchester residents disagree. Local media picked up on social media posts showing hundreds of young people enjoying a street party in the city’s famous Ancoats neighbourhood,…

Letter from… Manchester

By Joshua Bell, Senior Consultant, Newgate Manchester It’s week four of lockdown in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and, like almost every major city across the world, many things have changed. Roads have become pavements, weekend nights are completely silent and it’s now just the seagulls that wake you at 7am. This neighbourhood is packed with thousands…