Invitation to a debate on devolution to local government with Stephen Williams

Stephen WilliamsWill you be in London on Tuesday 24th March? Here at Lib Dem Voice we have been planning a joint session with Localis, the local government think-tank, under the title “The local offer: what should the Lib Dems offer on devolution in their manifesto?”

We are delighted that Stephen Williams, who is the Minister for Communities, has agreed to speak. Alongside him will be John Shipley, (advisor to the Government on cities from the House of Lords), Caroline Pidgeon (Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly) and Tony Greenham (New Economics Foundation). I will be chairing the session on behalf of Lib Dem Voice.

You are invited to join us at 6.45pm on 24th March at The Ideas Space, Clutha House, 10 Storey’s Gate, Westminster, SW1P 3AY, which is just round the corner from HQ.

The event is free, but please book your place in advance on the Localis website.


* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames where she is still very active with the local party.

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  • A Social Liberal 4th Mar '15 - 11:13pm

    I thought that we’d already had the discussion within the party (at regional conferences). City regions bad, devolution based on regions good !

  • Alisdair McGregor 20th Mar '15 - 12:21pm

    If someone could remind Lord “Cities” Shipley (and the rest of HQ) of the Yorkshire & Humber Libdems official policy which calls for Regional devolution to Yorkshire, not city regions, that would be helpful.

    Or you could host this kind of conference somewhere that isn’t London, where the people who are actually affected by devolution reside. As it is I suspect this’ll be a London-based talking shop.

    I’d love to come down, but 2 hours each way on a train that I can’t afford at such short notice makes it very unlikely I will.

    Bring it up North & you’ll get the real story.

  • Alisdair McGregor 20th Mar '15 - 12:23pm

    Oh, and here’s the earlier LDV piece with the actual regional policy for Y&H:

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