The Devolution APPG is an open group for discussion on the need for a UK-wide devolution settlement. It was established to give parliamentarians and sector stakeholders an opportunity to assess the effectiveness of devolution in non-metropolitan England. It provides a cross-party parliamentary space for an open discussion on the need for a UK-wide devolution settlement. The Group is sponsored by the LGA.
Chair: Andrew Lewer MP
MP for Northampton South
Andrew was first elected in June 2017 and is the only politician in Britain to have served as an MP, an MEP and a Council Leader. Representing the East Midlands, Andrew was elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 elections. He was the European Conservative and Reformists (ECR) Group Coordinator for both the Culture and Education and the Regional Development Committees. He received his MBE in 2014 for his services as Leader of Derbyshire County Council from 2009 to 2013 and as Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association from 2011 to 2014.
The qualifying officers for the APPG are:
- Dr Jamie Wallis MP
- Catherine West MP
- Lord Kerslake
- Lord Soley
- Lord Tyler
- Craig Williams
- Lord Foulkes
- Wayne David MP
- Baroness Eaton
- Lord Purvis
- Henry Smith MP
Levelling-up Devo: the role of national government in making a success of devolution in England
The Devolution APPG has today called on the Government to Level-Up devolution and rethink a culture of centralisation that is leaving local areas behind. The influential All-Party Parliamentary Group for Devolution, chaired by Andrew Lewer MBE MP, has produced a landmark report into English Devolution, having heard evidence from local government leaders, national politicians, academics and businesses.
The report found that local government rose to the challenge of Covid-19 and now needs more powers to deliver economic recovery and Level-Up the whole country. It sets out a roadmap for reforming the unequal relationship between national and local government so that as a nation we can come together to strengthen our communities and build back better for the future.
About the Inquiry into the role that central government has in making a success of devolution in England
The Devolution APPG launched an open call for evidence for our inquiry into the role that central government has in making a success of devolution in England.
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