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LABOUR PLANS FOR REGIONAL BODIES TO TAKE OVER FROM GOVT DEPARTMENTS

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Scottish Labour MP Tam Dalyell has attacked his party's plans to set up a Scottish parliament, The Independent on S...
Scottish Labour MP Tam Dalyell has attacked his party's plans to set up a Scottish parliament, The Independent on Sunday reported (p2).

His public comments coincided with news that the Labour party plans to set up around 10 regional bodies, served by nominated councillors from local authorities.

Jack Straw, chairman of Labour's democracy committee, hopes this will avoid the expense of direct regional elections.

The new tier could take over the existing regional offices of government departments. These currently serve the North-west, Yorkshire and Humberside, the North-east, the West Midlands, the East Midlands, Merseyside, the Eastern region, the South-west, the South-east and London.
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