City mayors have backing from public

Alexandra Jones writes in the Yorkshire Post about public attitudes to the Government’s devolution agenda.

Press release published on 17 May 2016 by Alexandra Jones

While the travails of the Labour Party have largely dominated the media in recent months, it’s also been a tough eight weeks for the Government since the Budget in March – with the Housing Bill’s troubled passage through Parliament, Zac Goldsmith’s failed London mayoral campaign and now the climb-down on plans to turn all schools into academies.

Amidst these issues, it has largely gone unnoticed that the Government’s devolution agenda is also under pressure.

Opposition to devolution in East Anglia and the North East is hindering plans to introduce metro-mayors and combined authorities in those places, while new deals announced in the Budget for the West of England and Solent city-regions still need to be finalised – with the deadline to get them agreed in time for the planned metro-mayor elections in May 2017 looming.

Read the rest of the article in the Yorkshire Post.