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Do you want a clean sweep of MPs in May to cleanse the Augean Stables that the Palace of Westminster has become?

Year of living dangerously

By next summer the North West Development Agency could be fighting for its life if the Tories come to power. Do business people in the region care? Has the agency made enough difference to the local economy to earn the support of firms in its fight to survive?

The most important round of party conferences is under way. Impressive shows of unity or conversely knock-down drag-out fights will set the tone for the long run-up to the inevitable General Election
next May.

Preston may be proud but it needs to raise its game. It should be attracting thousands of extra shoppers, spending their dosh in the proposed Tithebarn centre.

Did James Purnell act alone? It’s a bit like the Lee Harvey Oswald question. Forty-six years after the assassination of President Kennedy controversy persists over whether Oswald was the lone gunman. I suspect that political historians will take a similar time to mull over the events of the night of 4 June 2009.

Did James Purnell act alone? It’s a bit like the Lee Harvey Oswald question. Forty-six years after the assassination of President Kennedy controversy persists over whether Oswald was the lone gunman. I suspect that political historians will take a similar time to mull over the events of the night of 4 June 2009.

With allegations of fraud, treachery and racism, who dares say that the European Elections in the North West are boring?

Quite apart from the fact that an increasing number of laws affecting business are made in Brussels, some great stories surround the list of candidates being offered up to you for next month’s poll.

Could Geoff Driver become the North West’s answer to Boris Johnson?

You probably don’t know the gent of whom I speak, but I think you’ll come to. Cllr Driver is currently leader of the Tory opposition on Lancashire County Council. Unless Labour’s fortunes improve dramatically, the Red Rose County will be turning blue come June with Mr Driver in the driving seat.

How can business prevent daft laws getting onto the statute book – but in a transparent way? That's one of the issues raised by the current sleaze controversy engulfing our ermineclad friends in the House of Lords.

  • Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, started with little more than faith and determination, but four years later it’s grown into a global business. Ahead of her appearance at Accelerate 2015 in...

  • Author, writer and marketer Ryan Holiday on how entrepreneurs need to interpret failure.

  • Sue Vizard, business coach and author of Jump Start: The Start-up Book for Your Dream Business, looks at some of the questions solo entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

  • Ian Wright, founder and chief executive of NonExecutiveDirectors.com, is bringing together SMEs and NEDs - without the hefty recruitment fees.

  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.