Author Archives: Michael Taylor

The power and the potential – our Metro Mayors event at Labour conference

There was no shortage of frustration, but also plenty of energy and drive in evidence in Liverpool at a MetroPolis-sponsored ‘in-conversation’ event with the Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region Mayors. Hosted by the IPPR North think-tank, and ably chaired … Continue reading

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The challenge of diversity

Public sector leaders from across the country got together in Manchester in January to try and unlock some tricky challenges. I’d been asked to work with iNetwork, the event organisers, on an opening discussion about public service innovation that could … Continue reading

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New MetroPolis magazine is out now

Before we even knew who the candidates were to be the first directly elected Metro Mayors, we took a very firm view that we would actively engage with our devolved political structures, either just up the road in Manchester city … Continue reading

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Britain’s silent centrists, holding out for a Macron

As the Conservative minority government lurches from one crisis to another, according to a YouGov poll for The Times, the proportion of people who think that Theresa May makes the best prime minister has gone UP. Labour may be slightly … Continue reading

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A bitter victory for Theresa May, a glorious defeat for Jeremy Corbyn

Back in April when the General Election was called, my contribution to the discussion was that it proved that everything we thought we knew was wrong. Today, many commentators, campaigners and pollsters are even more wrong. I broke it down … Continue reading

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First challenge for the new Metro Mayors – serious business

What was it Tony Blair said on that May morning 20 years ago? A new dawn has broken, has it not? Andy Burnham’s convincing victory as Greater Manchester Mayor may prove to be a pivotal moment in our politics in … Continue reading

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