Manchester City Council

To Paris to watch Monkey

Whenever we have a big event, we always have to assess it very carefully afterwards to work out if it was successful, and if it achieved what we hoped. The Manchester International Festival in June and July was probably the most daring of our recent projects.

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Last day of the Conference

At the risk of sounding like Bridget Jones, I leave the Labour party conference with a personal tally. Government ministers - eight; Speeches delivered - three; Pints of beer - several; Cups of tea - hundreds.

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Day 2 of the Labour Party Conference

By lunchtime in Bournemouth, I've managed to catch up with three Government ministers to continue conversations about the most important projects we want to develop.

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Day 1 of the Labour Party Conference

To Bournemouth for the Labour Party Annual Conference 2007, the first Conference with Gordon Brown as Prime Minister. I'll be interested to see how Bournemouth is shaping up as a host city for this sort of major event.

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Ricky Hatton at the Town Hall

The Town Hall was overtaken today by squads of boxing fans who were here to see Ricky Hatton square up on home turf to his next opponent Floyd Mayweather Junior. The two will fight each other in Las Vegas on December 8, and this was a promotional tour to

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Good news for the Casino

Good news for Manchester and our plans to create 3,000 jobs in the east of the city in a huge LeisureCity anchored by a regional casino. Those plans are now being reviewed by Gordon Brown.

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Our new graduate trainees

Tonight I've met our new intake of eight graduate trainees - youngsters who have won jobs with the city council and who are going to become key managers in the future.

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Helping planning for the Olympics

We had a visit today from councillors and officers from Waltham Forest, one of the London boroughs that will help to host the Olympics in 2012. They are keen to learn as much as possible about Manchester's experiences of the Commonwealth Games.

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The Living Roof in Piccadilly

This morning we unveiled plans to bring more green space to Manchester city centre thanks to a "living roof" for the pavilion in Piccadilly Gardens.

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The blog of the leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Richard Leese.

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