Paul Watson

Paul Watson

Cllr Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, chair of the Key Cities
  • A new deal

    15 June 2017

    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

    05 October 2016

    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

    17 August 2016

    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

    16 March 2016

    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

    01 March 2016

    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?

    09 February 2016

    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

    30 October 2015

    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

    11 November 2014

    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

    22 January 2014

    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