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30 July 2007

Greater Manchester sub-regional visit, incorporating:

Meeting with GONW directors

Meeting with SHA/NHS directors

Meeting with GNN

1. Meeting with representatives from Greater Manchester Local Authorities and Chamber of Commerce

2. Visit to Salford Quays Media City with representatives from RDA, URC and English Partnerships

7 August 2007

Meeting with farmers in Cumbria regarding foot and mouth

23 August 2007

Merseyside sub-regional visit incorporating:

1. Merseyside Local Authority Chief Executives

2. Visit to Croxteth, Liverpool with Merseyside Police following the Rhys Jones shooting (visited the incident advisory group and primary school where held a press conference)

3. Mike Shields, economic regeneration consultant

6 September 2007

Cumbria sub-regional visit incorporating:

1. Meeting to discuss sub-regional overview set by the Sustainable Community Strategy.

2. Meeting to discuss West Cumbria Strategic Masterplan

3. Affordable housing, Staveley

4. Lake District National Park Authority representatives

5. Meeting with Cumbria PCT

6. Wash-up session—(David Higham, GONW, Peter Stybelski, Chief Executive, Cumbria County Council, Dave Harrison, NWDA, Bill Lowther, Chair of Cumbria Strategic Partnership)

1 October 2007

North West Universities Association Board Meeting & Dinner, Preston

2 October 2007

Merseyside sub-regional visit incorporating:

1. Meeting with representatives from Knowsley Local Authority, New Deal for Communities and Housing Market Renewal

2. Meeting with Liverpool 1

3. Meeting with Capital Culture Company

4. Meeting with Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council

5. Meeting with Liverpool MPs, Deputy Chair of Culture Board and Radio Merseyside Presenter

8 October 2007

Draft Legislative Breakfast Event, Haydock Park

18 October 2007

1. Regional Development Agency Annual Conference, Manchester Central Convention Complex

2. BERR consultation event (with John Hutton) for NW small and medium enterprises

29 October

All-day visit to Lancashire:

1. Burnley Wood

2. Bank Top Community Centre, Blackburn

3. Opening of Wensley Fold Children's Centre, Blackburn

4. City Employment Strategy Meeting, Blackburn

5. Lancashire Economic Partnership Meeting, Preston

6. Blackpool Partners Meeting, Preston

2 November 2007

Speech at NW Stakeholder event—Towards a Tobacco Free Future, Salford

5 November 2007

315-degrees interview With Trevor Bates, NWDA

16 November 2007

Speech at “Make your Mark” Liverpool Enterprise Week event

19 November 2007

Cheshire sub-regional visit:

1. Tour of Ellesmere Port Waterfront and Overpool housing and employment areas

2. Interview with Ellesmere Port Pioneer

3. Meeting with West Cheshire Local Authorities (Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council, Vale Royal Borough Council, Chester City Council and Cheshire County Council) to discuss their combined Growth Point Bid

4. Meeting with Cheshire and Warrington Economic Alliance to discuss their strategy for economic growth in the region

5. Meeting with Warrington Borough Council to discuss economic growth in Warrington

23 November 2007

Speech at NW Charter Awards event, for NW local authorities, Salford

3 December 2007

Visit to Bolton Hospital to open a children's ward; discussion of child dedicated A&E provision, improving performance to reduce health inequalities

14 January 2008

1. Meeting with GONW regional minister team

2. Meeting with CEMVO (Council of Ethnic Minority and Voluntary organisations)

28 January 2008

1. Business breakfast with attendees from NW business community

2. “Coffee with Editors” meeting with representatives from the NW media

3. Meeting with Susan Woodward, ITV, to discuss Liverpool City Region Health is Wealth Commission

21 February 2008

Interview with Party People as regional Minister for the north-west

25 February 2008

Lancashire sub-regional visit incorporating:

1. Meeting with Hazel Harding to discuss Lancashire County Council's relationship with district councils. Also to discuss Building Schools for the Future participation in Lancashire.

2. Coffee with Lancashire editors.

3. Visit to Preston Restorative Justice Centre

31 March 2008

Launch of National Concessionary Bus Travel (Manchester)

4 April 2008

Speaking at Protecting Your Business Seminar—Business Continuity, Trafford

17 April 2008

Meeting with Neville Chamberlain, Chair of the Northern Way (Manchester)

2 June 2008

1. Meeting with Merseyside editors

2. Meeting with volunteers and apprentices involved in the Capital of Culture

19 June 2008

Draft Legislative Programme Consultation event at Stretford High School, Trafford—involving parents, teachers, pupils and governors

23 June 2008

1. Business breakfast with CBI members to discuss NW issues and DLP

2. Speech at CLES

3. Meeting with Sir Richard Leese—GMC, Manchester PIB, SNR, MAAs

4. Meeting with Geoff Muirhead (MAG)—Aviation Duty and Manchester Airport

5. Meeting with regional director, GONW

14 July 2008

DLP consultation event in Liverpool with representatives from the equality and diversity, and 3rd sectors (Liverpool)

7 August 2008

West Cumbria sub-regional visit:

1. Green Apprenticeships and Integrated Family Support Project

2. Wheels to Work

3. Meeting with Jack Ellerby and NW RAF members (2)

4. Meeting with Peter Stybelski, Cumbria CC

5. Meeting with Richard Waite, NDA

4 September 2008

Attendance and speech at Econ Regional Economic Framework event

20 October 2008

Meeting with Liz Meek, GONW regional director to discuss regional issues, Manchester

21 October 2008

Economic Development and Enterprise dinner (Manchester)

22 October 2008

Economic Development and Enterprise breakfast (Manchester)

24 October 2008

BBC NW lunch-time news interview (appearance)—government and NW response to current economic climate (Liverpool)

24 October 2008

Attendance at the signing ceremony of Merseyside Skills Pledge (Liverpool)

26 October 2008

Interview on “Politics Show”—government and NW response to current economic climate, Manchester

3 November 2008

Chaired first meeting of the Joint Economic Commission for the North West (Manchester)

6 November 2008

Speech at Regional Talent Debate, Manchester

21 November 2008

Presentations at NW Charter Awards, The Lowry

27 November 08

Attendance at the CBI Regional Council's meeting, Liverpool

27 November 08

Interview on “Party People”, ITV

4 December 08

NW Worklessness dinner

8 December 08

Chaired the second meeting of the Joint Economic Commission for the North West with media interviews

15 December 08

Child Poverty Conference and sub-regional meeting with GM LA leaders and chief executives to discuss the economic downturn and sub-regional governance

08 January 09

Regional Cabinet, Liverpool

16 January 09

Opening of Greater Manchester SkillCentre including launch of Social Mobility White Paper

19 January 09

Sub-regional meeting with Cheshire LA leaders and chief executives to discuss the economic downturn, sub-regional governance and alcohol harm

02 February

Third meeting of the Joint Economic Commission for the North West, followed by chairing a public sector as employers supporting the north-west economy meeting. Media visit to JCP to promote the key messages from the morning's JEC meeting, primarily around action to help the unemployed get back in to work, also an opportunity to meet with operational managers, staff and customers of JC+ to discuss impact of current economic situation and help available

9 February 09

Meeting with Merseyside leaders and chief executives to discuss the economic downturn, City Region and MAAs, meeting Creative Apprentices and also coffee with Merseyside editors

13 February

Meeting with Jim Cumbes to discuss Lancashire Cricket Club

23 February

Visit to the proposed site of ‘”The Sharp Project”; a former electronics factory in East Manchester that is being converted into a digital media production centre

2 March

Meeting with Cheshire West and Chester Shadow Authority

16 March

Chaired the fourth meeting of the Joint Economic Commission for the North West and a visit to Eastserve to officially announce the partnership, expansion and benefit of the project for the local community; it was also an opportunity to communicate the key messages from the JEC, East Manchester

19 March

Attendance at the NWDA board meeting, Warrington

Health: GPs

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