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Leicester came ninth, just ahead of Coventry, with no other Midlands cities making the top 10. 

Jon Ashworth, MP for Leicester South and a former Treasury advisor, said: "Leicester remains a brilliant city to live in, with a good quality of life and in recent years it has got better.That's been helped by Leicester City winning the Premier League, as well as the great boost to the economy that the discovery of Richard III gave us. But I think it's the people that make Leicester such a great city to live in. We're diverse but we recognise that as our strength."

The report, entitled 2015: Good Growth for Cities, looked at a broad range of factors including working hours, the cost of transport, housing costs, work-life balance and air quality. Leicester, like more than half of the 39 cities looked at, was found to have improved overall since the last similar report in 2013. Leicester came out well ahead of Glasgow, Manchester and London. In fact, the capital was among the lowest-rated of the 39 cities examined, alongside Sunderland, Liverpool and Middlesbrough. Nottingham came 21st and Birmingham came 33rd.

Councillor Susan Waddington, assistant city mayor for jobs and skills, said: "This is splendid news. Things certainly are looking up for Leicester in terms of jobs and the good quality employers we're attracting to the city. The city council is working to improve the infrastructure through things like the creation of Jubilee Square, the Cultural Quarter and the new waterside development, while also enabling new homes to be built. Despite the austerity measures of recent years there have been some significant improvements in Leicester and the unemployment numbers are going down. That doesn't mean we can be complacent and we're updating our plans and aspirations in terms of economic development, employment, housing, sport and other areas to set ourselves targets for the next four to five years."

Details from Leicester Mercury









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