Sir Richard Leese

Sir Richard Leese

Sir Richard Leese is leader of Manchester City Council
  • Finding local solutions to the challenges ahead

    16 June 2021

    Councils are uniquely placed to convene and work with local and national partners to address the jobs and skills challenge as the economy opens up, says Sir Richard Leese.

  • Inclusive growth is key to local wealth

    23 June 2020

    Sir Richard Leese outlines the three ways councils can leverage their influence to bring about inclusive economic growth. But they ‘cannot shoulder this burden alone’, he adds.

  • Putting local communities at the heart of the green jobs revolution

    11 June 2020

    Councils are driving the climate change agenda locally, says Cllr Sir Richard Leese. They can be the catalyst for a new green jobs bonanza to help recovery, he adds.

  • Devolve apprenticeship levy for targeted skills development

    08 March 2018

    Significant changes to the apprenticeship levy are needed to achieve its potential, writes Cllr Sir Richard Leese.

  • Devolution in the post-Brexit world

    07 July 2016

    The Government must recognise devolution is more crucial then ever after the EU referendum, says Sir Richard Leese

  • Sowing the seeds of growth

    11 May 2016

    Sir Richard Leese says that while government interventions have failed to ensure everyone benefits from economic growth, the newly launched RSA Inclusive Growth Commission could find the real solution.

  • Has Osborne missed the point?

    22 March 2016

    Sir Richard Leese argues the chancellor has failed to recognise fundamental demands on devolution.

  • In it to win it

    03 February 2016

    Sir Richard Leese announces the Core Cities will be campaigning for the UK to stay in Europe

  • One step forwards, two steps back?

    08 December 2015

    Sir Richard Leese explains how crucial reforms were overlooked at the Spending Review, potentially to the cost of local government

  • What's the big idea?

    20 October 2015

    Sir Richard Leese discusses the importance of getting beyond the 'big idea' of devolution to deliver local results.

  • We can close the productivity gap

    03 September 2015

    On 11 September Core Cities leaders and mayors will gather in London to launch two major reports underlining the difference our cities could make to the nation’s finances.

  • Devolve to the core

    19 May 2015

    The Government must make good its promises around the Northern Powerhouse, press ahead with other devolution deals and recognise that the top-down Whitehall model is no longer fit for purpose, writes Sir Richard Leese.

  • Devolution is coming home

    10 February 2015

    Sir Richard Leese says the Core Cities UK group's Glasgow conference proved the devolution of powers to local level is no longer the preserve of policy-wonks.

  • Bold vision for reshaping services

    05 March 2014

    Sir Richard Leese, Cllr Sharon Taylor and Mayor Jules Pipe, co-chairs of the Local Government Innovation Taskforce,set out the strategies of Labour’s Policy Review