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Go north, upper house

Moving an elected House of Lords to one of England's regional cities would be more than a gesture of decentralisation

By Andrew Adonis   April 2007

Now that the creation of a largely elected House of Lords seems likely, the location of this new parliamentary chamber ought to be a matter for debate. And the case for locating it in one of England’s regional cities should be considered.

As a Londoner who delights in the capital’s dynamism and diversity, I nonetheless agree with Ken Livingstone in his interview in this magazine that London hosts too great a share of our national public institutions. More of them should, where sensible, be located in other cities, particularly new or reformed institutions which involve new facilities. This would be…

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