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Letter: You say - Losing to Manchester.

Byline: Mr Paul Saeed

RE: your comments (ECHO, June 25) advising that if Mr Brown as the new PM really wants to test the state and feeling of true Labour, he has the ideal ready reckoner: the people of Liverpool and Merseyside.

For the record the ceremonial crowning of Mr Brown took place at a special Labour conference in Manchester. The new secretary of state for communities and local government is the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP (Salford Greater Manchester).

The new secretary of state for transport is the Rt Hon Ruth Kelly ' (Bolton West - Greater Manchester). Some may think that Birmingham is the UK's second city. However to those that matter that accolade now belongs to Manchester. It has come on in leaps and bounds over the past 10 years, while Liverpool's MPs, councillors and city planners have become more and more insular.

The brutal truth is that Manchester is a player and we are not.

As we celebrate our 800th year and in the run up to Capital of Culture we are looking increasingly like the poor chap in the Stevie Smith poem - not waving but drowning.

Mr Paul Saeed, Liverpool
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2007
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