The Lib Dem year in the north by numbers

In the first of a series of posts on the fortunes of the three main parties across northern England in 2012, Ed Jacobs looks at the Liberal Democrats’ year in numbers. The words ‘It’s been a tough year for the Lib Dems’ are ones which could have been used last Christmas and the Christmas before, […]


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David Cameron’s northern rebels

There are four feisty ones, says Ed Jacobs in his weekly commentary for the Guardian Northerner. But do they matter? The decision last week by 53 Conservative MPs to join forces with Labour and vote against the Government’s position that the EU budget should be frozen in real terms, and in favour of a Conservative-inspired […]


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TUC March: 1. The northern alternative

Early this coming Saturday, 20 October, thousands of northerners will head for London on chartered trains to join the TUC’s March for A Future. In the first of four Guardian Northerner posts, Ann Czernik talks to Bill Adams, regional secretary for Yorkshire and the Humber TUC, about changes needed for a sustainable northern future I […]


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Drunken sailor: what the judge did

Exotic suggestions in the shanty – and the comments thread to last week’s Northerner post on the case – set aside in favour of a month in jail The drunken sailor described in a Guardian Northerner post last week, whose ‘What shall we do with..?’ headline drew many suggestions in the comments thread, has been […]


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US presidential candidate intervenes in Manchester by-election

James Harris won’t win the White House. But he’s coming to our town to back the Communist League candidate – and while Labour’s bigwigs are here too Not many Parliamentary by-elections in the UK feature a visit by an American presidential candidate but that is happening in Manchester Central in a fortnight’s time. It won’t […]


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A crucial first step on the road to ending homelessness in Liverpool

The city’s Cabinet member for housing, Ann O’Byrne, praises No Second Night Out, reported in the Guardian Northerner last week, and sets out the next steps Last week the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, joined me in signing up to the national campaign to end rough sleeping and made a public pledge that Liverpool city […]


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Welcome lessons from the Paralympic Games

Regional values, upsetting the cynics’ applecart and showing how generous public funding pays glorious dividends. We have been given plenty to think about Many welcome words have been written about the huge success of the Paralympic Games but I hope you’ll forgive me for adding a few more. Since the week before last, I have […]


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Cameron’s reshuffle is a distraction from the real question – what’s the point of this Government now?

Checks and balances complicate the Prime Minister’s expected changes in Government. But what he rally needs is more northern faces round the Cabinet table. The Guardian Northerner‘s political columnist Ed Jacobs reflects Cabinet reshuffles can be tricky things to undertake. Used properly, they enable Prime Minister’s to breathe new life into their Governments and help […]


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How do we boost the North East?

A string of dire statistics leave no doubt about the crisis facing the smallest of England’s nine regions. It also has huge assets but they need mobilising. The Guardian Northerner‘s political commentator Ed Jacobs calls for ideas So the Olympics are over, our political leaders have packed their buckets and spades and are now sunning […]


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