Andy Burnham was yesterday selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester. Given GM’s voting record that means that barring something extraordinary happening he will become mayor next May. Though based on the last year in British politics generally and the Labour Party specifically, you’ve got to be pretty brave to bet against the…
As we enter the final stretch before voters head to the polls on May 5th, LGiU chief executive Jonathan Carr-West brings you a state of the race memo examining the key issues facing the electorate.
The spending review was not just about public finances. It was an opportunity for George Osborne to set out his vision for the state over the rest of the decade: a decade by the end of which he hopes to be leading the Conservative party into the next election, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
In June LGiU spent the week in Paris: we took part in a conference as part of our RAINGAIN project, we held some meetings and we ran an event comparing the debate around devolution and local democracy on both sides of the Channel, writes LGiU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West.
Over the course of the summer some seemingly unrelated strands of activity have all made me think about language, writes Jonathan Carr-West; the ways we use it and the ways it uses us.
Jonathan Carr-West found hearing about the challenges and development of local government from various parts of the Commonwealth a strangely familiar experience.
The need for local government’s strategic leadership role is more crucial than ever if we are to move to the “lower tax, higher wage, lower welfare” society the government aspires to.
Everyone's talking about devolution these days. But while there's growing consensus around the principle, there's far less clarity about how it is to be achieved.