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GORDON BROWN TO CALL FOR GREATER DEVOLUTION

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More devolution of power is an important part of meeting the challenges of the future, chancellor Gordon Brown will...
More devolution of power is an important part of meeting the challenges of the future, chancellor Gordon Brown will tell the Labour party conference today.

There is a strong case for constitutional change, he told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.

'You need people to be active citizens, you need empowered communities, you need enabling rather than centralising government and that's why constitutional change is on the agenda,' he said.

'The executive has got to give up more power. There's a case for more power for parliament, for devolving more power to local councils and for local councils devolving more to local communities.'

Mr Brown said this was important in a climate where people are worried about security and about the impact of global economic change.

'We've got to show that we can protect and enhance the best in the British way of life and that means a society built around responsibilities as well as rights,' he said. 'That's what I'll be talking about today.'

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