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The debate on devolution, not only between parliaments, but for cities and other places across the whole of the UK, has never been more important to the future of our country.
As the General Election approaches, all major parties have committed to devolution in some form and it will be a key issue in manifestos. Coming so soon after the Smith Commission on devolution to Scotland, the Summit, fronted by high profile speakers and delegates, is a chance to shape the debate.
The event will see the launch of a new report from ResPublica, Restoring Britain’s City States: Devolution, public service reform and local economic growth, as part of a major initiative to advance devolution across the UK.
Examining the key findings of that report, this Summit will ask how devolution can deliver a more robust, rebalanced economy for the whole of the UK, and how it might also be used to drive growth, create jobs, and radically transform public services.
Confirmed speakers include:
Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council; Chair, Core Cities Group
Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica
Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI
Cllr Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council
Professor Lesley Sawers, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University
Jim Murphy MP, Scottish Labour Leader
Professor Michael Parkinson, University of Liverpool
Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader, Newcastle City Council
Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader, Nottingham City Council
The Summit builds on several recent reports recommending more devolution to cities and other places, and several ‘Devolution Deals’, including that for Greater Manchester which will be set out in detail, asking where next and how other places can benefit.
Matt joined ResPublica in January 2015 as Research and Events Assistant. He graduated with a First in French and Spanish from the University of Oxford, where he won the Fluchère...
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