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  1. April 8, 2014

    Whitehall should set UK’s cities free

    It is hard these days to find a British politician who disagrees with the idea of devolution. A steady stream of proposals...

  2. April 7, 2014

    Labour vows to spread wealth away from London

    Ed Miliband will today promise the “biggest devolution of power to England’s great towns and cities in a hundred years”, as...

  1. November 12, 2013

    ‘Champion of big projects’ defends high-speed rail link

    Lord Heseltine will on Tuesday make an impassioned defence of the High-Speed 2 rail project, citing critics in the 1980s who...

  2. June 26, 2013

    Government devolves smaller than expected sums to regions

    Lord Heseltine said Britain’s regions had a “historic opportunity” to win more powers and revive their economies after the...

  3. June 26, 2013

    Spending review: Holdouts get best deal

    If George Osborne ever conducts another spending review, his cabinet colleagues have learnt one thing from Wednesday's...

  4. June 25, 2013

    Osborne to unveil growth fund that falls short of Heseltine hopes

    Ministers have been warned that their effort to unlock the potential of local economies risks failure as George Osborne...

  5. June 20, 2013

    MPs call on Osborne to announce new funding mechanism for regional development

    A cross-party group of MPs is calling on George Osborne to use next week’s spending review to announce a new funding...

  6. June 3, 2013

    Manufacturers’ lobby urges cuts to NHS to save investment in jobs

    Manufacturers are urging the coalition to end ringfencing of health in order to protect growth-related areas such as skills,...

  7. April 18, 2013

    Heseltine urges action on business support

    Lord Heseltine has urged regional development leaders to lobby MPs and ministers as the Whitehall battle over devolving...

  8. April 17, 2013

    Cameron treads fine line with Thatcher

    David Cameron declared “we are all Thatcherites now” but then used the day of the former premier’s funeral to attempt to...

  9. March 25, 2013

    Heseltine questions UK drive to succeed

    Lord Heseltine has questioned whether the British people have the “national will” to get the economy back on track,...

  10. March 18, 2013

    Heseltine bites back at Pickles

    Ministers are being a bit disingenuous in saying they have accepted 81 of Lord Heseltine’s 89 recommendations on growth. In...

  11. March 18, 2013

    Birmingham poised to ‘scoop the pool’

    The leader of Birmingham council predicts that the city will “scoop the pool” in any competition among regions for public...

  12. March 18, 2013

    Chancellor backs Heseltine growth plans

    George Osborne will on Monday back Lord Heseltine’s call to overhaul support for business, heralding the transfer of...

  13. March 4, 2013

    London mayor rebuked Osborne over funds

    Boris Johnson wrote to George Osborne to berate the government over the lack of regional growth funding for London, it has...

  14. February 24, 2013

    Liverpool festival is UK global showcase

    Plans will be launched on Monday for a government-backed International Festival for Business in Liverpool, billed as...

  15. February 22, 2013

    Birmingham seeks to revive business

    Birmingham, the city that brought industrial steam power to the world, has had a tough time over the past decade. On Friday,...

  16. February 17, 2013

    IPO a leading option for Royal Mail sell-off

    A stock market float of Royal Mail is a leading option as the government finalises its plan to privatise the state-owned...

  17. February 15, 2013

    Shortage brings demand for overseas engineers

    Ministers have not done enough to tackle the skills gaps in the UK labour market, leading to growing demand for engineers...

  18. Westminster Blog

    February 14, 2013

    The grand launch of the Tories' pro-European group

    By Beth Rigby Pro-European Conservatives have set up a group to press the case for Britain’s place in Europe in an attempt...

  19. February 14, 2013

    Pro-Europe Tories break cover

    Pro-European Conservatives have set up a group to press the case for Britain’s place in Europe in an attempt to redress the...

  20. January 23, 2013

    PM has set country on difficult path

    David Cameron was typically self-assured on Wednesday as he mapped out his strategy for a British referendum on Europe by...

  21. Westminster Blog

    January 16, 2013

    PMQs: Cameron loses first battle in war over Europe

    Douglas Alexander was touring television studios this morning explaining why he thought holding a referendum on Britain’s EU...

  22. January 13, 2013

    Funding idea seen as challenge to regions

    England’s 39 local enterprise partnerships have a long way to go to be ready for the huge devolution of cash and powers that...

  23. January 11, 2013

    Heseltine says central fund plan being thwarted

    Lord Heseltine has warned that every Whitehall spending department is trying to thwart his radical plan to make a £58bn pot...

  24. January 3, 2013

    Greater Birmingham moves towards devolution

    Lord Heseltine has backed a scheme that could lead to Greater Birmingham becoming the test bed for his plan to strip...

  25. November 30, 2012

    Osborne aims to strip Whitehall of £58bn

    George Osborne is attempting to strip Whitehall of up to £58bn of business support funding and place it in local hands in...

  26. November 19, 2012

    It’s time to elect a new people

    So, farewell H’Angus, monkey mayor of Hartlepool. Stuart Drummond, the thrice directly elected mayor of the northeast town,...

  27. November 18, 2012

    Call for end to stand-off on green power

    David Cameron’s former energy minister has called on the prime minister to get a grip over Britain’s energy policy and put...

  28. Westminster Blog

    November 18, 2012

    Charles Hendry calls on PM to get a grip of energy policy

    David Cameron’s former energy minister has called on David Cameron to get a grip of Britain’s energy policy and put an end...

  29. November 1, 2012

    O’Donnell calls for UK immigration rethink

    Lord O’Donnell, the former head of the civil service, has called on the UK government to stop “shooting itself in the foot”...

  30. October 31, 2012

    Employers on Leps threaten walkout

    Business leaders at some of England’s local enterprise partnerships – the bodies to which Lord Heseltine wants to devolve...

  31. October 31, 2012

    Industry dismayed by latest energy row

    Lord Heseltine, the Conservative former cabinet minister, has warned that the energy sector cannot gain access to a “wall of...

  32. Westminster Blog

    October 31, 2012

    Will Heseltine's ideas be turned into policy?

    The main news this morning is that the Lord Heseltine report into economic growth contains a handful of withering criticisms...

  33. October 30, 2012

    Heseltine looks to reverse centralisation

    Tarzan has roared, but will he be heard? Lord Heseltine says it is an “understatement” to say his recommendations would mean...

  34. October 30, 2012

    Heseltine wants cash in local hands

    More than £58bn of funding for business support should be stripped from Whitehall and placed in local hands under a radical...

  35. October 29, 2012

    Heseltine attempts revamp of regions

    Lord Heseltine will on Wednesday attempt to inject fresh energy into Britain’s tortuous, 80-year quest to unlock the...

  36. October 28, 2012

    Osborne faces fund test for big projects

    The challenge George Osborne, the chancellor, faces in attracting tens of billions of pounds of pension fund money into...

  37. October 28, 2012

    CBI calls for more focus on mid-sized groups

    The UK needs more long-term capital and better management skills if its forgotten army of medium-sized companies is to drive...

  38. October 23, 2012

    Heseltine’s ‘provocative’ plan for regions

    Michael Heseltine will next week set out plans to boost growth in Britain’s regions, with a focus on giving business leaders...

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