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Veteran journalist, food & wine writer and public speaker who is proudly born & bred here in Manchester.

‘The wall must fall’ – but what’s the future for Piccadilly Gardens?

As the design team tasked with transforming Piccadilly Gardens starts work, Manchester Civic Society demanded that the hated concrete wall – likened by many...

Manchester gets £5m boost for new world-class cancer research facility

Ambitious plans to bring together in Manchester the largest concentration of scientists, doctors and nurses in Europe to accelerate progress for cancer patients have...

“2020 will be the year of the Northern Powerhouse” says new government minister

2020 will be the year of the Northern Powerhouse, government minister Jake Berry has pledged. The start of the new decade marked “a bold new...

Murals unveiled celebrating Collyhurst’s community heroes

Strikingly colourful murals have been unveiled in Collyhurst depicting the stories of Manchester’s Northern Gateway neighbourhood. Nationally acclaimed street artists kELzO and Entise have brought...

Northern trains under fierce criticism – but change could be on the cards soon

Leading politicians from across the north of England have demanded that the government fix the worst rail bottleneck in the country – the congested...

From riots to boomtime: Manchester’s last decade in review

For Manchester, it was a decade of Metrolink, the mayor, Manchester City and finally – after a wait of more than 40 years –...

Revealed: start date for new £350 million Metrolink line

Trams to the Trafford Centre will start running in April – seven months ahead of schedule. The formal announcement of the start date - subject...

Revealed: proposals for “a safer, greener” Northern Quarter

Some bad news for motorists. Good news for everyone else. Proposals to ban motor traffic from parts of Manchester’s popular Northern Quarter have been revealed...

I’d still like to lead the Labour Party one day – Andy Burnham

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has not ruled out challenging for the Labour Party leadership for a third time - “one day”. Speaking from the...

The race is on: two Greater Manchester MPs in contention to be Labour’s first...

Two Greater Manchester MPs are among the front-runners to succeed Jeremy Corbyn. Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles, and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy are...

Labour Party must learn from Manchester – Graham Stringer MP

The Labour Party’s so-called “red wall” may have crumbled in some of their Greater Manchester heartlands on a night of electoral disaster, but it...

Plans revealed for town hall following restoration – and proposals include flexible office space

They’ll be among the grandest office addresses in the north of England… Manchester town hall will accommodate commercial businesses by renting out space on the...

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