Hull and East Riding Council Leaders should consider metro mayors if it means devolution for the region

Published: Wednesday 3rd June 2015 by KCFM

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That’s according to Dr Ian Kelly from Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, who believes greater regional powers will be hugely beneficial.

The leaders of the Humber’s councils should consider adopting a so called metro mayor if it means the region will get devolved powers from Government.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, Dr Ian Kelly.

The issue of elected mayors has been divisive, but Dr Kelly says our area must not be left behind:

“We’ve seen what’s happening in Manchester, where the Chancellor has said, ‘We’ll devolve money to you but there are certain things we want in return’; And it’s time I think, after the Queen’s Speech, for us to have a real debate here and how we ensure we’re not left behind.”

He says they need to do what’s in the best of interests of the region:

“What we’re all in this together for is wealth, prosperity, jobs for the people of the Humber and so our local politicians need to move out of their box of normal thinking to do what’s best for the area and if that means an elected mayor then let’s have that debate. Maybe it’s time to go for it.”

Dr Kelly says there needs to be a discussion to secure the best future for the region:

“It’s the fourth largest trading estuary in Europe. The biggest in the UK. The hundred billion pounds offshore opportunity for renewables. We’ve got to make the most of that. So whether it’s a combined authority with an elected mayor or some different configuration around the Humber then that’s important.”

He says our area needs to put forward a compelling case for devolution:

“We’ve got the renewables opportunities on our doorstep. We’re getting a number of things right but we’re at the back of the queue at the moment, in terms of that devolution, and we need to get towards the front of the queue again.”

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Published: Wednesday 3rd June 2015 by KCFM

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