Published: 25th Nov 2019

The Conservatives have revealed they will ask local authorities to submit proposals to create ‘growth bodies’ across England, as part of their 2019 general election manifesto. The manifesto, which was launched yesterday (November 24) outlines a number of policies, which the Tories said they would enact if they win next month’s election. The document states the Conservatives are committed to ‘devolving power to people and places across the UK’. ‘We will also invite proposals from local areas for similar growth bodies across the rest of England, such as the Oxford-Cambridge Arc,’ the document states. It also reiterates a previous commitment to publish an English Devolution White Paper next year. The manifesto also repeats 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. Details remain scant on how it will work, but the manifesto states £500m … (To read the full article, subscribe below)