Letter on devolved powers for England

By on 27/11/2014 in News

The letter below, signed by civic leaders across England including the city council’s Leader, Sir Albert Bore, has been published on The Times website today (27 November 2014).

What is good enough for Scotland ….

We leaders and supporters of local government in England of all parties and types of local government congratulate Scotland on the measure of devolution they have worked for and that is now proposed by the Smith Commission.

We call upon central Government and party leaders to recognise that local government should be the vehicle for devolution in England and to now negotiate with us using a similar non-party Commission to agree a comparable package of measures for local government in England which can appear in the Manifestos and be enacted after the General Election,


Sir Richard Leese, Leader Manchester City Council

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Jim O’Neill, Author RSA Cities Report

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

Cllr David Hodge, Chair County Councils Network

Graham Allen MP, Chair of Parliament’s Political and Constitutional Reform Select

Cllr Dave Sparks, Chair of the Local Government Association

Cllr Ken Browse, Chairman, National Association of Local Councils

Cllr Marianne Overton, Leader LGA Independent Group

Cllr Neil Clarke, Chairman of the District Councils Network

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader Lib Dem group LGA

Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council

Clive Betts MP, Chair of Parliament’s Local Government Committee

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader Newcastle City Council

Cllr Sir Albert Bore, Leader Birmingham City Council

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

Cllr Jon Collins, Leader Nottingham City Council

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Vice Chair London Councils

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Leader Leeds City Council

Jules Pipe, Chair London Boroughs Association

And many others

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