The 2021 Senedd elections are an historic opportunity. Our mission is to devolve as much power as possible to communities – from Cardiff Bay as well as Westminster.
We in the regions must accept that it will be up to us to provide the detailed data that will help to monitor the success of investment made.
This Government could revolutionise the public sector and allow a very different vision of devolution.
The Manifesto is modest though the reality may prove more radical. Our most important challenge is to supply more attractive new homes.
It’s a bit like the roof of Parliament’s Westminster Hall: which is held up by a lot of huge, ancient beams all resting on each other.
There was a really good vibe at Party Conference – especially at lots of outstanding fringe events discussing how to give local communities greater powers.
An English Devolution Bill is needed to reignite the process of devolving widespread powers and funding to local areas across the whole country.
A serious devolution agenda would champion freedom from the suffocating tendrils of risk-averse Whitehall mandarins.
Every authority in England should appoint a Brexit lead, who will work hand in hand with me and my team in central government.
Just as high performing and well-led schools were allowed to convert to being academies, good local councils should have the chance of financial independence.
Funds go to leasing expensive cars for managers – while more specialist care for our courageous servicemen and women should be made available.
Through tax competition, we could truly have a real Northern Powerhouse and give cities in the north a fairer chance against London and the south east.
Good luck to every Conservative standing for election today. Let us hope that in future much more power is devolved to the roles you are competing for.
A deal has been agreed between West Sussex County Council and Gatwick Airport on improving community housing and infrastructure.
The threshold for public procurement misses the point that purchasing power greatly varies. A fair price in one country may seem very expensive to others.