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Impactful Devolution: Laying the foundations of national renewal and inclusive growth

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Please note, this event has been postponed until further notice.

Labour’s ambitions on devolution are eye-catching, with the party committing to nothing less than the “the biggest ever transfer of power from Westminster to the British people.” For English local leaders and metro mayors who have made great strides in driving local growth, but have been held back by structural constraints, shifting priorities and sometimes outright animosity from Westminster, this commitment is promising.

With 60% of the population in England now covered by some form of devolution deal, the next government has an opportunity to move away from a patchwork deal-making approach and make devolution a central part of its growth strategy. Realising this vision will mean aligning the right powers with the right places. It will mean ending the “begging bowl culture” of local government finance. And it will require central, local, and regional government to work together in a national partnership for growth and renewal.

Building on the earlier work of Gordon Brown’s Commission on the UK’s future, Impactful Devolution 01, an upcoming report from The Future Governance Forum (FGF) in partnership with Metro Dynamics, will set out how Labour can deliver on its devolution commitments in a potential first term in government and lay the groundwork for a more lasting shift of power over a decade of national renewal.

Joining us to launch the report will be Ben Lucas, Founding Director of Metro Dynamics and lead author of Impactful Devolution 01, and moderator Anna Gross, Political Correspondent at the Financial Times, alongside an impressive lineup of politicians and local leaders.

Speakers include:

  • Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Minister for English Devolution and Local Government
  • Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire
  • Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council
  • Cllr Georgia Gould, Leader of the London Borough of Camden

Places are limited so please sign up today and join us on Thursday 6th June, 3.00pm – 4.30pm.

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