Category Archives: Devolution

Merseyside follows Manchester, sort of

By Daniel Kenealy @DanKenealy In October a UK government minister remarked that Merseyside was ‘not ready’ for a city-region devolution deal of the type that was announced for Greater Manchester in November 2014. Last week the six local authorities that … Continue reading

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Constitutional Groundhog Day

By Professor James Mitchell Controversy surrounding English Votes for English Laws reminds us that the issues involved are as old as debates on home rule. ┬áThe dangers of instituting change in one constituent part of the UK without taking adequate … Continue reading

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The UK government strengthens its ability to deal with devolution

By Daniel Kenealy Without any fanfare, the UK government has carried out a mini machinery of government change in Whitehall. The result is a new group within the Cabinet Office, called the UK Governance Group. You’d be forgiven for not … Continue reading

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Federalism: thick file of thin responses

By Professor James Mitchell The original Scottish Home Rule Association (SHRA) was established a month after Gladstone introduced his 1886 Irish Home Rule Bill. Despite its name, the SHRA was a campaign for some form of federalism. Charles Waddie, SHRA … Continue reading

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Quietly Tony Lloyd has been appointed Greater Manchester’s first mayor, but significant challenges lie ahead

By Daniel Kenealy Last Friday Tony Lloyd became the first Mayor of Greater Manchester. There were no public debates or hustings. The electorate consisted of ten people, the leaders of the local authorities that comprise Greater Manchester. After two hours … Continue reading

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