Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Labour to support devolved hubs

Today we see the news that the Labour Party will transferring greater powers - and money - to English cities creating new hubs (see here). I'm delighted by this - and called for a shift in this direction in my submission to Your Britain, the Labour Party's policy consultation.

Devolution has created certain problems, but also presents new opportunities. Devolution has worked well in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. While voters in England (by far the most populated part of the UK) have shown no appetite for an English Parliament or regional assemblies, the idea of devolving greater powers to hubs harnessing the talents and potential of metropolitan areas can allow greater enterprise without added costs - nor a new layer of bureaucracy.

Now let's hope Labour wins the 2015 General Election to put these plans into practice...

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