Although yesterday was the last day of the Labour Party conference I was largely engaged with other, very contrasting things. First thing I had a walk-about in Crumpsall with Harry and Jane Johnson who are, amongst other things, private sector landlords, but are the sort of landlords who would if replicated many times over give the sector a good name. Their properties have been refurbished to a high-standard, they are well-maintained, and they care about the area in general. I wish a few more Crumpsall landlords would follow their example.
From there I went to the Sharp Project in Newton Heath for the now very well publicised announcement of Southern Californian based 3D virtual reality company Eon Reality's imminent arrival at One Central Park. They will be opening their European headquarters there in January along with a coding school that aims to train a hundred people a year for each of the next five years.
Later Peter Smith and I meet with four Council leaders from the North East to talk about the benefits Greater Manchester has got from the Combined Authority. The day ends at two social events at the National Football Museum, which after only a couple of months has become a key Manchester destination. Obviously quieter now than in the school holidays but getting lots of adult visitors in the week, including coach parties and this week a pre-booked party of ninety Borussia Dortmund supporters here for the game against City. Bet they enjoyed the game too.