Now the BBC has landed, should the Department for Culture, Media and Sport be following suite?

The case for the entire government department to move out of the capital and find a home in Manchester is being made in The Commons tomorrow.

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John Mann MP Photograph: Guardian

Bassetlaw MP John Mann is calling for the headquarters of a string of Government departments to be moved out of London and spread around the country, saving money and bringing jobs to regions hard hit by the recession.

Among them is a “Bill to require the Secretary of State to relocate the headquarters of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to Manchester.”

It’s due for mention in the main chamber from 2.30pm but, as the Yorkshire Post noted on Saturday, it has little chance of making progress but could spark debate.

Mann has tabled his plans as a series of Presentation Bills, which also include moving the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to Bristol, the Department for Transport to Birmingham and the Department for Education to Nottingham.

Let us know what you think of the idea below.

Other media city news

* Last week we asked our readers whether the recruitment policies at BBC North should be changed to favour northern applicants. The poll closed with the majority, 54.2% voting against to say definitely not, standard BBC rues should apply to all regardless of location.

But the debate on the issue continues. Nigel Barlow of Inside the M60 posted on n0tice.com details of a visit to MediaCityUk by John Leech MP who went to see what the BBC is doing to maximise the benefits to local people about their move to Salford.

Meanwhile, ” the real challenge for the BBC will come about three to four years after the BBC is really up and running, when the initial wave of talent, decides to move on to new jobs” says blogger Nigel Sarbutts.

* Manchester Confidential gets along to review the new Prezzo eatery and seems to rather like it. Writer Simon Binns says:

“In essence, Prezzo is a slightly more polished version of Pizza Express with possibly less cheese. Still it’s the best place to eat in MediaCityUK.”

* The FT reports that property prices in Salford Quays are up by between 5 and 15 per cent since 2008, against a 25 per cent fall across Greater Manchester.

* Guest appearances from CBBC favourites, interactive games, the chance to walk with a dinosaur, see items straight from the set of Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ film and ride a powerboat are among the attractions at a family fun day on Saturday, February 18. Salford Council’s press release has further detail about the event which takes place from 10am-4pm. Free tickets for the BBC events are available at bbc.co.uk/showsandtours or on 0370 901 1227.

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Article source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/jan/30/mediacityuk-bbc-mp-john-mann

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