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Cameron pledges to dismantle unelected regional quango’s

Posted by wonkotsane on October 3, 2006

The Tory leader, David Cameron, has pledged to abolish the unelected regional assemblies and regional development agencies if that is what people want.

Conservative policy is broadly opposed to regional government but David Cameron’s speech does indicate a softening of their policy.  Previously the Tories have pledged to dismantle the regional quango’s when they get into power but Cameron’s stance now is that regional assemblies will be abolished but regional development agencies will be allowed to stay if that is what people want.

Cameron’s vision for England is that instead of unelected regional bodies like the West Midlands Regional Assembly and it’s various appendages such as Advantage West Midlands and the West Midlands Regional Development Agency making regional policies in secret and issuing instructions to local authorities, local authorities would co-operate with each other to secure funding and to develope policies that benefit them.

Funnily enough, I made this exact same suggestion to Gerry Dawson, Telford & Wrekin’s representative on the city region project.  I suggested that instead of being tied into a city region being forced to comply with policies that Telford & Wrekin don’t agree with or won’t benefit from, that Telford & Wrekin could co-operate on individual issues that are of benefit to the borough and save money in the process by not setting up another expensive taxpayer-funded tier of regional government.  Needless to say, our leaders are not open to suggestions that don’t involve high profile empire building and my suggestion fell on deaf ears.

This is positive stuff from the Conservatives and we will be asking the Conservative MP’s in the West Midlands if they will be following David Cameron’s lead and working to dismantle the regional quango’s now rather than giving them another few years to steal more powers away from local authorities.

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2 Responses to “Cameron pledges to dismantle unelected regional quango’s”

  1. […] As promised, we contacted all the Conservative MP’s in the West Midlands yesterday to ask them if they will be opposing the West Midlands Regional Assembly following David Cameron’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference. […]

  2. […] John Maples MP opposes regional government As promised, we contacted all the Conservative MP’s in the West Midlands yesterday to ask them if they will be opposing the West Midlands Regional Assembly following David Cameron’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference. […]

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