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Paul Givan will on Monday start as first minister of Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has announced. The appointment follows current first minister Arlene Foster’s resignation as DUP leader and Northern Ireland first minister in April this year after an internal party revolt. Givan was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in [...]
Northern regions have accepted in principle the idea of having directly elected mayors in order to secure devolved powers, after months of reluctance on the parts of local councils. After the General Election, chancellor George Osborne committed to devolving powers over transport and health, as well as giving regions some fiscal autonomy if they were willing to [...]
It's been a torrid time for Britain’s railways lately. In the last six months – as many a hard-pressed City A.M. commuter will know – there have been bad tempered strikes on the Tube and commuter railways. Channel Tunnel trains have had to run the gauntlet of tyre-burning port workers in Calais as well as [...]
Bus operator Rotala yesterday said a fresh government initiative to refranchise provincial bus services would open the door for further growth at the group. The company, which reported a six per cent fall in revenues, said Tory government plans to give directly elected mayors power over local transport will put a wave of new bus [...]
Most business leaders are backing the government’s plans to devolve powers to cities and regions, according to a new survey out today. Two-thirds of business leaders polled by the Institute of Directors (IoD) said they supported chancellor George Osborne’s plans for devolution, while more than 75 per cent said they specifically backed devolving powers over [...]
A federal Britain with a separate English parliament is the best way to hold the union together, says Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary. In a speech in Washington DC, he argued the best way to hold the union together is to give parts of it more autonomy, especially in light of the surge for support [...]
One of George Osborne's most senior Treasury colleagues has admitted that when it comes to solving the productivity puzzle, English devolution is little more than a punt. Commercial secretary to the Treasury Jim O'Neill, who heads up the City Growth Commission, has been tasked with replicating London's economic success in other cities throughout the UK. The group [...]
Put down your pasty. Cornwall has become the first UK county to gain historic new powers under the government's push to give more power to local authorities. The county will now have more control over a host of key areas including employment and skills, transport, business support, energy, health and social care, public estate and [...]
The Scottish National Party’s Westminster MPs will vote against relaxing the fox hunting ban in England, reneging on a pledge not to vote on issues that have no impact on Scotland. Following a meeting which nearly split its 56 MPs, the party confirmed it would team up with Labour to vote against relaxing the ban [...]
Chris Grayling, the leader of the Commons, has announced plans to create a system in Westminster that supports "English Votes for English Laws" – and he added that under the new rules, a new stage of votes will be taken on tablet computers. The government wants to give MPs from English constituencies a new “veto” [...]
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