The Northern Agenda

Sir Roger Marsh on what Local Enterprise Partnerships want to hear from Sunak & Truss | Matt Cook on the northern queer identity

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Episode notes

We are into Week Two of the slow-burning Tory leadership race with Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss criss-crossing the country, trying to win over Conservative party members who will choose the next prime minister.

The Northern Agenda editor Rob Parsons is joined by Liam Thorp, political editor at the Liverpool Echo, to discuss whether the contest has reverberated to Liverpool – and the impact of the Arriva North West bus drivers strike on the city.

Rob also speaks to Sir Roger Marsh, the chair of NP11 - the "business-led voice for the North" that brings together 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships from the region. Sir Roger explains what LEPs want to hear from both candidates in the Tory leadership race.

And producer Daniel J. McLaughlin chats to author and academic Matt Cook about 'Queer Beyond London', a new book he has co-written with Alison Oram. He discusses how LGBTQ communities in the North can have a distinctive voice compared to their southern counterparts - and the importance of Manchester and Leeds in the country's queer history.

The Northern Agenda is a Laudable production for Reach. It is presented by Rob Parsons and Daniel O'Donoghue, and it is produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin.

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