Barbara is calling on the Government to back Labour’s proposals to devolve greater powers to English cities outside London, due to be debated in the Lords when the Localism Bill reaches its final stages in the Autumn. Labour Peers will argue that the Localism Bill is supposed to drive economic growth across the country but its provisions only give extra powers to London. Labour is arguing that the Government must extend the same powers to our other great cities – such as Manchester, Salford and Liverpool.
The amendment recognises that although the country needs London to prosper, the same opportunities need to be given to other great cities – such as Manchester, Salford and Liverpool - to create jobs, support businesses and allow the regional economy to grow.
“The Conservative-led Government isn’t taking growth seriously – why are they leaving Salford, Manchester and Liverpool out in the cold?
“This is one rule for London and another for us. Our local economy needs support for growth and job creation - it makes no sense to deny us the powers London is being given.”
Caroline Flint, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, added:
“The Conservative-led Government is letting down cities across the UK by not sending a clear signal that economic growth is a priority for the whole country. All our cities are looking to drive their local economies forward. The Conservative’s unwillingness to allow cities outside of London to compete shows they are not serious about localism.
“This is a critical time for economic recovery across the UK - the Government should not be withholding these powers from places like Salford, Manchester and Liverpool.”