Published: 13th Dec 2019

Local government figures have claimed Boris Johnson’s victory at the ballot box holds ‘great promise for bold devolution and economic rebalancing’ over the next few years. With 649 of the 650 parliamentary seats declared this morning (13 December), the Conservatives now have 364 seats in the House of Commons, which gives them a majority of at least 76. The Conservative 2019 general election manifesto reiterated a previous commitment to publish an English Devolution White Paper next year. The document added that the Conservatives are committed to ‘devolving power to people and places across the UK’. And repeated a commitment first published in the Conservative’s 2017 general election manifesto to create a UK Shared Prosperity Fund to replace EU funding after Brexit. The chief executive of the think tank Localis, Jonathan Werran said ‘we have witnessed an unprecedented and epochal national political realignment’, which he added ‘holds great promise for bold devolution … (To read the full article, subscribe below)