Devolution

Could London Inadvertently Help Bring About the Northern Powerhouse?

Paul Worthington | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

The price of land for commercial and residential purposes in London is approaching the point of acting as a drag on the city's development. How long before we start to hear common complaints that graduates are leaving London to start a career and family outside of the capital, resulting in a skills shortage which threatens London's reputation? It might be sooner than you think.

'The End Of Politics As We Know It' Chuka Umunna Calls For An English Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

An English Parliament is needed to cope with the “the end of British electoral politics as we know it,” Labour’s Chuka Umunna will say today. ...

The Time for Britain's 'New Federalism'

Tim Farron | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

As the Scotland Bill makes its way through Parliament, it's time to start igniting the liberalism of localism; for more of our towns and cities to start marching towards the drumbeat of devolution.

Osborne's DevoBudget

Paul Worthington | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

At the Budget Chancellor George Osborne once again put devolution and the Northern Powerhouse centre stage, in what is becoming a recurring feature of Osborne's parliamentary set-pieces.

Labour Is Calling for a More Ambitious and Comprehensive Devolution Agenda to Every Part of the Country

Emma Reynolds | Posted 05.07.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Reynolds

For all the Tories warm words, it is Labour that has led the way on devolution... We are calling on the government to deliver an ambitious and comprehensive package on devolution, handing power to every area and region of our country North and South, East and West.

This Government's Handling of 'English Votes for English Laws' Is Reckless, Dangerous, and Threatens the Future of Our Union

Angela Eagle | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

it is important to recognise that changes need to be made in Westminster too, and England's voice should be strengthened when it comes to English only matters. However, David Cameron has proposed fundamental Constitutional changes, and is proposing to introduce them in two weeks' time, using a little known parliamentary procedure... This is no way to make profound constitutional change. It is an outrage the Government thinks it is.

Delivering Radical Constitutional Change Is in Labour's DNA - We Must Grab This Opportunity With Both Hands

Ian Murray | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Murray

Labour's defeat in Scotland was a political event of seismic proportions. The message of the defeat was that we had lost the trust of thousands of voters. It was not that they necessarily disliked what we were saying; but we had lost the right to be heard. If we want to be heard again, we need to regain their trust. I will work day and night to ensure that we do.

Has the Northern Powerhouse Gone Off Track or Is This Just a Delay on Route?

Paul Worthington | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

The Conservative Party suffered its first major set-back on Thursday in its promise to create a Northern Powerhouse. Transport Secretary Patrick McLou...

Paul Vale

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Nigel Farage Was Exposed By The TV Election Debates'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK — It was during the TV election debates in April that the new face of the post-referendum Scottish National Party was first unveiled to the...

Localism and Decentralism Must Be Part of a Much Wider Political Reform Agenda

John Tizard | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Localism, devolution and decentralisation are currently key buzz words right across Whitehall and town halls throughout the country. Now whilst it is very important that these words evolve into effective policy (and do so for places beyond the major cities and city regions), it is, in my view, equally important that the move upwards to local government does not stop at the town or county hall but extends even further, up to communities and neighbourhoods.

Devolution - A Road Map

Dr Jonathan Carr-West | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Everyone's talking about devolution these days. But while there's growing consensus around the principle, there's far less clarity about how it is to be achieved. This is our devolution road map...

Sturgeon Lambasts Scotland Bill Over Westminster's Ability To Veto

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics

Nicola Sturgeon lambasted a Bill designed to give Scotland broad new powers on Thursday, saying it failed to deliver on the findings of the cross-part...

The Queen's Speech

John Watson | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Watson

The speech which the Queen makes at the opening of Parliament is always something of a mixture and that is never more so than immediately after a gene...

The Northern Powerhouse: Why It's the Real Deal

Paul Worthington | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

It is easy to be cynical about the Northern Powerhouse. Critics have already labelled it as tokenism, or an afterthought from the Conservative Party to appease concerns that it does not think beyond its traditional strongholds. But it is more than that. Furthermore, criticising the vision before it has even got off the ground is actually counter-productive in the long run.

Nothing Says 'Awkward' More Than Osborne Holding The Flag Of St George

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics

Taking inspiration from his namesake St George, the Chancellor yesterday declared: “We have recaptured the English flag.” As the Conservatives ...

British Politics: Devolved Parliament And Assemblies - Here's How It All Works

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

It can all get a bit confusing with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland having varying degrees of independence. That's why we've teamed up with Br...

The New Kids on the Municipal Block

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

The outposts of local and central government should more readily view and accept the leaders of public private partnerships as willing and able associates with whom strong local alliances can be formed.

The Soft Power Behind Devolution

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE

Creating strong identities for regions through outstanding tourism experiences can deliver a lot more than more visitors. A strong identity can provide soft power support for regions in their struggle for self-determination by building strong local economies.

Delivering Devolution

Conor Gearty | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Conor Gearty

The debate in the UK regarding devolution, is in a bit of a mess. Three separate processes are rumbling on for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each at a different speed. Calling the situation within England a "process" would be overly generous.

Boris Tells George How To 'Detoxify Politics'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics

Even 3,000 miles away, Boris Johnson is still making mischief for his Tory colleagues. The London Mayor, currently on a seven-day trade visit to the U...

Scottish MPs Voting on English Laws: Is Federalism the way forward?

Lewis Parker | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Parker

The creation of an English Parliament would face considerable issues and political hardship; given the size of England in relation to the rest of the Union. However taking into account the current path we are on, I believe that the creation of a federal Britain is the only viable route we can take. This will help to create a more democratic society, paving the way for another 300 years of political union.

Like With the Rip-off Energy Firms, Labour Is Determined to Take on the Bus Barons

Michael Dugher | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

The way local bus services are provided is not fit for purpose. Labour will stand up for passengers by changing the way things work to hand all English regions London-style powers over local bus services. This will ensure communities get the local bus services they need and deserve.

In an Age of Space Travel, Why Are We Governed by a System From the Era of the Horse and Carriage?

Martin Wilding | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Wilding

Electoral legitimacy is the weak spot in the Palace of Westminster. Once a new system is defined, that will be the place to pile the barrels of gunpowder. The building itself should become a nice little earner for the National Trust.

English Votes for English Laws and Labour Desperation

Harry Saville | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Labour's latest policy announcement, creation of a committee of English MPs to scrutinise bills only relating to England, highlights the party's panic over the Conservatives popular English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) proposals.

A Formula for Change? The Future of the Barnett Formula

Paul Tombs | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Tombs

The Barnett formula has always created winners and losers, but it has survived 36 years because it balances some difficult political considerations. But greater devolution across the UK is placing increasing strain on the formula, and reform is very much on the agenda.