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BRAVE NEW WORLD FOR MERSEYSIDE

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Improved and more cohesive local government on Merseyside is having a marked effect on the area's economy, reports ...
Improved and more cohesive local government on Merseyside is having a marked effect on the area's economy, reports the Financial Times in a four-page survey (p33).

Fired by the incentive of a regional grant of £638m from the European Union, Merseyside has overcome its notorious political squabbles.

Harry Rimmer, leader of Liverpool City Council is praised by the paper for 'facing down left-wing extremists', whose politics left local businesses in the cold and other authorities St Helens and Wirral to work with commerce independent of the city council.

The more stable political climate on Merseyside is also due to the new government office for the region - headed by John Stoker and Pat Jackson - which is responsible for investing the EU grant and indirectly attracting UK public sector finance to match the grant.
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