Cllr Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, chair of the Key Cities
A new deal
Paul Watson argues any spending concessions the DUP attempts to extract as part of a deal with the Conservatives should be mirrored across the UK, in regions and in local government.
Finding a silver lining
Local and national government need to adopt a new economic policy that includes all of society and councils need to be on the front foot to lead this agenda, says Paul Watson
Strong branding lacked key details
An industrial strategy to cover the whole country is long overdue and is all the more urgent following the vote to leave the EU, writes leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of the Key Cities group Paul Watson.
Council leaders must seek a model that works
Cllr Paul Watson, chair of the Key Cities group, says council leaders should look carefully at the unitary proposals in Oxfordshire.
Make your voices heard
Key Cities chair Paul Watson explains why it is the ‘duty’ of local government to back Britain’s continuing membership of the EU
End of devo as we know it?
Key Cities chair Paul Watson reflects on the latest devolution demands from MPs and explains why last year's deals cannot mark the end of decentralisation
Rewarding a brighter future
This is one of the most exciting times for local government in over 30 years, according to Key Cities chair Cllr Paul Watson
Eyes on the prize
Paul Watson outlines the Key Cities devolution agenda and urges cities of all sizes to remain united in a common goal of freedom from Westminster control.
England works best when it works as a team
Within political and economic circles in the UK there is a well-established debate around the importance of cities and urban areas for economic growth, writes Cllr Paul Watson