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Will this ‘power-up’ the northern economy?
The first-ever mayor of Greater Manchester will be elected on Thursday 4 May 2017, Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has announced.  The Greater Manchester devolution deal was the first to be agreed with the government, and paves the way for significant powers to be passed to the area from Westminster – a key part of building the Northern Powerhouse.
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CLG:  Date proposed for Manchester mayoral elections

Local direction by local leaders to boost local economies & services

Beyond London: Fintech in Manchester

Digital Economy Minister's keynote on media and creative industries in the North

Manchester wins £10m prize to become world leader in ‘smart city’ technology

IPPR:  Northern Powerhouse needs proper fiscal devolution to match Scotland and Wales

IPPR North - George Osborne speech: Business rates devolution opens bold new frontier in Northern Powerhouse and decentralisation

IPPR:  From Powerhouse to pockets - Northerners have £2,300 less disposable income than the rest of the country

IPPR:  Northern Powerhouse offers business the greatest growth opportunity since Victorian era

New northern rail franchises: vital first step to creating a Northern Powerhouse - IPPR North

Devolution deal for West Midlands marks a step forward for social justice, not just economic growth – IPPR North

IPPR:  Powerhouse back on track – but we need to see radical investment and devolution

Demos Responds to the Autumn Statement & Comprehensive Spending Review

NLGN - Public knows little about the 'Devolution Revolution' – but supports local decision-making

CBI: Business North launches

Radical shake-up of power puts communities in control

Better journeys for rail customers as new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises confirmed

HS2 route from Birmingham to Crewe to open 6 years early - Chancellor confirms

Future of rail

Defence investment boost for Northern Powerhouse

New Blackpool Enterprise Zone to light up the Northern Powerhouse

Regions to be offered legal powers to transform transport

Chancellor opens book on more than £24bn of Northern Powerhouse investment opportunities in China

New plan to drive tourists beyond London

National Living Wage: women and those based outside London to be biggest winners

Northern powerhouse leads the way in business start-ups

More powers for northern authorities to manage rail services

Chancellor visits STFC Hartree Centre to see latest North West Big Data investment in action

The Hut Group plan to invest £100m over 3 years creating 2,000 new jobs in the north-west

The Responsible Data Usage e-learning course from In the Know Limited