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Monday, 27 September 2010

Labour Party Fringe Event Update

By Dr Brian Sloan - Head of Business and Economic Policy

Members raised their concerns about the planning system and skills levels of current school leavers at the first of our Labour Fringe events held at the Chamber this morning.

The event which included Hazel Blears MP, and Ruairidh Jackson from the Co-operative Group on the panel, looked the role that the opposition can play in helping local areas recover.

Delegates agreed that skills funding had been overly complex and that there was a need to have a more centralised funding body.

In addition, the meeting identified the potential problems a localised agenda may cause for planning and infrastructure development.

On the issue of city region governance delegates welcomed attempts to devolve more powers to Greater Manchester, due to a proven track record in successful public-private sector working.

Keep an eye out for our postings on other Labour Party Fringes we are involved in later in the day. Don't forget you can find out full information on all of our fringe events at the Party conferences at

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