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Conservatives insist they have made ‘huge investment’ in Greater Manchester

Conservatives insist they have made ‘huge investment’ in Greater Manchester

The Conservatives say they have delivered “major investment” in Greater Manchester. The party responded to a special report by the Manchester Evening News which looks at how the lives of Mancunians have changed over the 14 years the Conservatives have been in power.

As Greater Manchester grew, symbolised by the ever-changing skyline, the MEN reported that many were left behind. Poverty increased, public services deteriorated, and at times it felt as if the police had withdrawn from communities.




Under the Conservative government, more power was devolved to new regional mayors such as Andy Burnham, whose London-style public transport system, dubbed the Bee Network, was supported by more than £1bn of government funding.

However, at the same time, local councils have had to cut their budgets, while Greater Manchester’s NHS has also faced financial difficulties with a £180 million deficit.

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Responding to the MENIn its report, the Conservative Party pointed to Greater Manchester’s new investment zone as an example of the Conservatives’ support for the city-region. The party also boasted that GMP had recruited an extra 1,200 officers since 2019 – but this follows years of cuts, meaning officer numbers in the force only returned to 2010 levels in March this year.

Promising to “level up every corner of the country”, the Conservatives also accused Labour of threatening to pull back £1bn of levelling up funding for various projects across the country. Labour denied this claim, describing it as a “blatant lie to voters”.

The party also took aim at the Mayor of Greater Manchester, accusing him of “wasting” almost £100m on the Clean Air Zone plans. All spending on the scheme, which came about after a mandate from ministers to improve air quality, was funded by the government.