I know a number of people who work in Greater Manchester’s public sector, at both senior and junior level. The general consensus appears to be that our public sector workers are demoralised, with the thought of their pensions on retirement being the sole reason many people stay in their roles. This is a shocking state of affairs – and one that needs addressing as a matter of urgency.

People who are institutionalised in management positions, and/or have a negative outlook, are detrimental to our chances of moving Manchester towards world-class status. Yet it seems to be accepted that ‘this is the way it is,’ which is absurd.

As Mayor, my biggest managerial task would be to bring confidence back into the public sector and instil pride in how people deliver public services. Dysfunctional managerial behaviour must be eradicated as we get the various departments communicating effectively.