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City Talks: Party conference special – where do politicians stand in the devolution debate?

At this year's Labour and Conservative party conferences Andrew Carter caught up with senior politicians and figures from the business community to discuss how they want to kick start the devolution agenda in the months ahead.

Podcast published on 7 October 2019

Britain’s Brexit challenges have pushed important domestic policy debates off the political agenda. Devolution to England’s cities stalled as politicians became increasingly detracted by withdrawing Britain from the EU.

At this year’s Labour and Conservative party conferences Andrew Carter caught up with senior politicians and figures from the business community to discuss how they want to kick start the devolution agenda in the months ahead.

He spoke to:

  • Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Devolution Minister, about empowering councils, dealing with austerity and Labour’s devolution policy.
  • Cllr Abi Brown, Conservative Leader of Stoke on Trent Council, about the city’s economic progress, working with the Government and what she wants to see from Boris Johnson on devolution.
  • Chris Fletcher, Director at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce,¬†about the impact of Brexit on Manchester, what having a metro mayor has meant for the city region and what the business community wants from candidates in the next mayoral election.

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