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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.

Group officers

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

Open call for evidence for our inquiry into the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper

The Devolution APPG has launched an open call for evidence for our inquiry into the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper, released on 2nd February 2022.

Download the Terms of reference for the inquiry.

The deadline for written submissions has been extended to Friday 5th August 2022. We welcome submissions from any interested stakeholders.

Please send your submissions with the subject line: ‘Devolution APPG – Inquiry Submission’, to devolutionappg@connectpa.co.uk.

Purpose of the Inquiry

Devolution is key to delivering on the government’s ambitions to ‘level up’ the country. The UK’s prosperity depends on local factors including housing, skills provision, the ability to fund services, land use and transport connections as well as the availability of public goods and services. Devolving and decentralising power while enabling communities and local people to make decisions in these areas will create the conditions for sustainable growth, better public services and a stronger society.

This inquiry will look at how effectively the reforms in the white paper will futureproof the UK and take advantage of effective local governance and technological advancements to prepare the nation for the challenges we will face in 2030 and beyond, with a focus on the theme of leadership, representation and accountability.

Contact the Group

If you would like to find out more information about the Group, please contact the APPG’s Secretariat on DevolutionAPPG@connectpa.co.uk.

The Devolution APPG is sponsored by the Local Government Association. More information about the APPG’s work can be found online here.

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group

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