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Liberal Democrat MP David Laws comes out in favour of devolution to Yorkshire

December 17, 2014

From Lib Dem Voice: http://www.libdemvoice.org/devolution-must-go-beyond-westminster-43792.html

Just a pity it seems the direction of the Liberal Democrats, through Nick Clegg’s obsession with city regions, is totally contrary to the views of David Laws MP.

David Laws was sitting beside William Hague yesterday during the announcement and added a note of disagreement afterwards:

“Devolution and localism must go beyond Westminster. Up and down the country, citizens want change that reflects their local needs and circumstances.

We cannot have a debate about devolving greater powers to nations without also considering how we give local areas more power.

If we agree it is right to give the 5 million people in Scotland and 3 million people in Wales a greater say over their local services, then we cannot ignore the 5 million people in Yorkshire who have the same rights to local democracy and empowerment

It is disappointing the Conservatives are not supporting our proposal for ‘Devolution on Demand’ which would give more powers to the English cities, counties and regions – especially places like Cornwall and Yorkshire.”

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