Here is an article covering the opening to the year and the affect the political landscape has and will have in the sub-regions of the North West.   

Here are a few snap shots;

The thrust in Greater Manchester over the coming months will be for inclusive growth. As newly appointed chief executive of the combined authority, Eamonn Boylan, explains: “Our aim is to direct resources and programmes to bring about inclusive growth and ensure that the economic success of Greater Manchester...'

Liverpool's Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s manifesto spoke of needing “a Mayor to provide joined-up government, and a single influential voice on the national and world stage.” In order for this to fully work he surely needs to win over Liverpool City Mayor Joe Anderson.

Cheshire East Council’s leadership breathed a sigh of relief in June as their Local Plan was approved.

Lancashire has two-tier local authorities and Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire are busy co-ordinating their £420m City Deal.

Energy is one of Cumbria’s key industries, with nuclear dominating economically.