What might a mayor mean for Manchester?

Article published: Tuesday, May 1st 2012

This week the people of Manchester will make a decision that will change the face of the city for the foreseeable future. Along with 12 other major UK cities, Manchester will decide whether or not to replace the current council leader with a directly elected mayor through a Mayoral Referendum on Thursday 3 May.

In Manchester, Labour should think twice before celebrating

Article published: Monday, May 9th 2011

Thursday night was grim for Manchester’s Liberal Democrats, losing all eleven of their seats up for election, including that of their leader, Simon Ashley. With a third of their councillors disappearing in one swipe, the ward constituency map has been painted red. Yet despite now running a city with a rump opposition, the Labour Party [...]

Meltdown for Manchester Lib Dems

Article published: Friday, May 6th 2011

Manchester’s Liberal Democrats face devastation following last night’s local elections as the party lost all 11 incumbent council seats, including that of local party leader Simon Ashley.

Liberal with the truth

Article published: Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

Chances are that throughout Spring you’ve had dozens of election leaflets drop through your letterbox, and it’s quite likely they haven’t been very welcome – particularly if they belonged to the Liberal Democrats.

Greenroom to lose ACE funding

Article published: Thursday, April 7th 2011

Last Wednesday the Arts Council England (ACE) cut funding for 206 groups across the UK. Among the casualties is Manchester’s famous greenroom, a promoter of performance and live art for 28 years. Ian Pennington surveys a city’s arts scene left facing an uncertain future.

Phil Woolas ejected from parliament

Article published: Friday, November 5th 2010

Oldham East MP and shadow immigration minister Phil Woolas was ejected from parliament today after a court ruled that he had broken election laws by falsely claiming Muslim extremists were supporting the campaign of his Liberal Democrat rival.

Conservative Co-ops: privatisation by the back door

Article published: Thursday, May 6th 2010

To much fanfare in a speech in Manchester in 2007, David Cameron announced the launch of the “Conservative Co-operative Movement”, an organisation supposedly independent of the Conservative Party and designed to “campaign for the principles of local, democratic, voluntary, public ownership of public services and public facilities.”