UK devolution

Consultation on West Yorkshire devolution deal begins

An eight-week public consultation on a proposed devolution deal for West Yorkshire has begun.

Councillors Shabir Pandor, Denise Jeffery, Judith Blake and Tim Swift, (front row, left to right) Susan Hinchcliffe, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Simon Clarke MP after the signing of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority devolution,
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The deal would see an elected mayor for the region in place by May 2021 with powers over areas including transport and housing and access to more than £1.8bn in funding.

People who live, work or spend time in West Yorkshire are all encouraged to take part in the consultation, which runs until 19 July.

Carlisle MP: Scotland's lockdown delay 'deeply unhelpful'

Carlisle's MP has criticised the Scottish Government for not easing its lockdown rules at the same time as England.

John Stevenson
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John Stevenson, a Conservative, said that the differences about returning to work had caused "confusion" for those living on both sides of the Scottish border.

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has said she would have preferred for all four nations to make changes together, but she believed it was right to go "different ways" if they were at different stages.

We have a lot of cross-border activity and there are a lot of people on both sides of the border who travel to work and I think it was deeply unhelpful that the Scottish government departed from what the UK government was doing."

John Stevenson