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Britain needs more metro mayors

May must build on Osborne’s devolution agenda if she is to realise her economic ambitions

By Andrew Carter  

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When former Chancellor George Osborne pushed for substantial devolution of powers and funding from Westminster to England’s major cities two years ago, many in his own party were sceptical.

Few would have argued with the then Chancellor’s stated aims of addressing imbalance in the UK’s economy and its overly centralised political system. But creating strong mayoral roles in traditional Labour strongholds across the North and Midlands seemed an odd move politically, especially when you consider that…

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