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FEARS FOR NORTHERN ASSEMBLY POWER

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Scotland's decisive vote, in September, for devolution and tax-raising powers has left many in the north of England...
Scotland's decisive vote, in September, for devolution and tax-raising powers has left many in the north of England fearing that there will never be a regional assembly for their area, The Herald (p9) reports.

John Tomaney, of the Campaign for a Northern Assembly, told the paper that the tax-raising Scottish parliament will be a powerful competitor for investment and resources, and that people in the north will have no effective say in regional government.

'This is clearly undemocratic and cannot be allowed to continue,' he said.

Geoffrey Cook, former Newcastle City Council chief executive, is concerned that the government will limit the amount of power given to the north, retaining the lion's share in Westminster.
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