A suitable job for a woman

So… I’ve been a feminist all my adult life. Which, in effect, means I’ve been a feminist right from the very first day that I first learned of gender inequality (I was brought up by rather a feisty working mum, who rose through the ranks to become the principal of an FE college. So the […]

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Thinking positive in the garden of England

Last week was full of excitements all right, including a jolly jaunt to Kent on Thursday afternoon to hear Lord Heseltine and Paul Carter, among other luminaries, address “Home Truths”, a conference held with Localis, on housing delivery in the South East LEP region. It was an excellent event. And very timely of course, straight after the […]

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After years of despair, optimism abounds

It was a huge privilege on Monday to sit in the box at the back of the Speaker’s Chair to hear Greg Clark give his triumphant statement to the House of Commons, as he said these stirring words “The components of each growth deal will transform the prospects of local economies. However, the whole is […]

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“Sorry mum, I’ll be in Brum with the PM”

I’m sorry I’ve been absent from the blog for a few days. I just haven’t had time. Close observers will know that I’ve been up to my ears in Greg Clark’s “Devolution Revolution” and frankly I’ve barely slept. We’ve all been running around like mad things. There have been all-nighters and working weekends. So I’ve been […]

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Tangible plans for the North

It’s only Tuesday and already this week there’s been a lot of excitement in the Greg Clark camp.  You must have seen we’ve been larging it up in the North with our MOST senior leaders. David Cameron and George Osborne and Lord Heseltine were ALL in attendance at a meeting in Manchester yesterday with minister for […]

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Why I’m keeping away from the LEPs

I am carefully keeping away from the negotiations of the 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) over their Strategic Economic Plans (SEPs).  So I genuinely have no idea at all of how it is all going. This is partly because I love good news and, being nothing if not a sharing sort of person, I would […]

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In praise of Lord Heseltine

You will have seen that Hezza was in Liverpool on Monday at the International Festival for Business (see also blog 29 April), where he was reported in the Liverpool Echo as being “excited” about Liverpool’s future.  Well, I can sure testify to the fact that his excitement is real and palpable. He gets excited about a […]

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Wolfson prize’s inspirational shortlist

I’ve been tardy in not commenting on the shortlist recently announced for the Wolfson Economics Prize for the delivery of a garden city (see also blogs of 17 January, 29 January and 3 March). My apologies. And I hastily reassure you all that this is because I have been busy scurrying around the corridors of power, […]

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Keep sending your good news stories

People have started to send me case studies of local growth on the ground and it is a joy to get your reports from the chalk face.  I would seriously urge you to keep them coming.  We want to hear all good news on growth breaking out. My mate Richard Aylwin sends me a report […]

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A healthy solution to the housing shortage?

Peter Bill’s On Property column in last Thursday’s London Evening Standard carried an interesting wee story. WSP, the engineering (and many other disciplines) practice has said that it estimates 77,000 new homes could be built above 79 non-A&E hospitals in London. Apparently, it is carrying out a study for UCL of all municipal buildings in London, […]

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