Labour’s manifesto lacks a commitment to localism

By Heather Jameson | 17 May 2017
  • Heather Jameson

The Labour Party’s plans, should it wake up to power on 9 June, were revealed in its official manifesto this week. Labour has dubbed itself the party of devolution. It may have a nice ring to it, but it doesn’t really ring true when it comes down to the policies. There are plans for an England minister and a commitment to be ‘guided by public opinion’ on mayors. I’m not sure that makes Mr Corbyn a true localist.

The local government section is grandly dubbed ‘Leading Richer Lives’ – but it does little to address economic growth, or community engagement. There is a pledge to devolve powers for economic growth – but no detail.

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