Don't neglect England's metro mayors

Andrew Carter warns conflicting priorities could trump political affiliations for Labour's metro mayors and Westminster, should Starmer win the General Election.

Is devolution to metro mayors having its intended effect? In the political sphere, the Labour party loudly celebrated its near-clean sweep of victories at the metro mayor elections, but risks neglecting the needs of England's biggest cities.

On the face of it, having a Labour government and lots of Labour mayors should be a good thing. Some call it vertical political integration – the theory that political and policy disagreements between local and national leaders are minimal between politicians of the same political stripe.

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