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Launch of ResPublica and Core Cities Report at The UK Devolution Summit

9th February 2015

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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

  • Lord Haughey

  • 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.

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