Where Tories fear to tread.
Despite efforts to appeal to the minds and the wallets of those in the north, the Tories have yet to win hearts.
Former chancellor Osborne's plans were too limited to be useful. Here's how devolution should be done.
With George Osborne gone, his programme of devolution could be in jeopardy.
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British people clearly want to 'take back control' – and Brexit might just give them the chance.
Is the government turning its back on localism?
A closer look at the recent local elections can help to shine a light on the future of the "Northern Powerhouse" and its impact on local democracy in the North of England.
Osborne's grand scheme needs solid foundations: and that's where architecture can lend a hand.
Street photographer, c. 1930, part of the NMeM collection.
The decision looks like a reinforcement of the large imbalance in cultural spending between London and the north of England.
Our expert joins the dots between the ancient kingdoms of yore and today's Northern Powerhouse.
The Northern Powerhouse will change your life. Here's how.
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The plan is to devolve powers from Whitehall, giving local authorities more freedom and flexibility in the way they collect and spend money in their areas - but will it work?
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Two parties. Two rivals. Two plans. One surprisingly similar outcome.
Boxing clever? Osborne delivers.
Instant reaction from academics as George Osborne delivers his post-election budget.
Putting improvements to the northern lines on hold could pull the rug from under Osborne's plans for northern cities.
Manchester Town Hall. Will education be part of greater devolution?
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It’s 25 years since the abolition of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA). Its passing marked a turning point: local control over education in Britain has never been the same again. Now plans led…
Time to pick up the pace.
Manufacturing has a bad rep in the UK. But it's far from dead and has a key role to play in reviving growth and rebalancing the economy.
It’s grin up north for George Osborne.
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Viewing the economic situation in Britain as a north-south divide tends to oversimplify things – and calls for a closer look.
The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
The reopening of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery is the latest in a slew of good news in what might be perceived as a cultural coup for the North of England. Or at least for Manchester, which George Osborne…
The problem with those seeking more English powers is that they’re not working together.
Samuel Borges Photography
The repercussions of the Scottish independence referendum were always likely to be profound, whoever won. As Scotland waits to see if Westminster can meet its deadline for producing draft legislation for…