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Cities in Liverpool

By train to Liverpool this morning, to meet up with the leaders of the other English Core Cities; Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, and a chance to experience why we need major investment in our inter-city rail links. The service ran on time but in the 21st century we should have high-speed rail links between all our major cities.

Core Cities have existed as a group for more than a decade now, held together by a common understanding of the role our cities play in the economy and to campaign for policies that would allow us to do a lot more for our cities and the regions they serve.

As with our work with other parts of Greater Manchester, Core Cities work is not at the expense of our individual identities and projects. Quite the opposite as a network of strong, independent, and distinctive cities helps all. Of course, in Liverpool this year, they are all hoping that Capital of Culture gives them the boost they need. It's a challenge to sustain a high-profile event for a whole 12 months but a successful year will be good for all of the North West and I wish them the best of luck.

But Culture isn't on the agenda today - rather it's the nitty-gritty of the economy starting with a presentation on global economic trends and the likely impact on our local economies and then building in excitement from there. A short walk to Lime Street, a crowded Friday afternoon train back to Manchester and fortunately no major hold-ups in the so-called " Manchester Hub ", something I've mentioned before but it's worth repeating that major investment here would bring benefit to the whole of the North, North Midlands and North Wales.

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