It should be about the relationships between towns, cities and regions, as well as between the four nations that make up our United Kingdom.
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Our concerns aren’t in Europe, or America. They’re local. They’re at the end of our road. We are worried about the dire state of crime, housing and air quality.
Andy Street: The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy ensures we are the workshop of the modern world
From transport tech and data-driven healthcare, to creative enterprises and the services sector, we are forging ahead.
Remember where we are; remember what has come down to us. Our unique heritage is there to be opened up.
We need to take a dynamic new approach to our High Streets with ambitious thinking. The future is not just retail.
Newbury Town Council has shown how we can retain services and save money, by community collaboration. It is the triumph of the small state over the nanny state.
In the West Midlands, investment decisions have been deferred. We need to be able to push ahead with new trade arrangements around the globe.
The good news is that it means great potential to increase the housing supply. Bold planning changes are needed.
This change would mean streamlined decision making. It would also allow greater devolution in areas such as policing and NHS primary care.
Perhaps, against all the odds, we will find a way of muddling through and preserve our broad church for a time after the era of Brexit has passed.
It should be easier to call local referendums in the UK. Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.
George Freeman: There was much to cheer in the Budget. But now we need an inspiring programme for growth.
At the moment, we are treading water and appear to be relying on popular support for Brexit, and the threat of Corbyn, to keep us in office.
Rather than being encouraged to maintain village halls and public lavatories, too often community efforts have been penalised by the tax system.
For councils – unlike others in the public sector – austerity has been real. It is ending. But planning powers are being diminished.
Meeting many of the global challenges depends on local action. We must to share best-practices and ideas.