Labour's pans for elected regional assemblies are dependent on a further reorganisation of local government, the sh...
Labour's pans for elected regional assemblies are dependent on a further reorganisation of local government, the shadow Home Secretary, Jack Straw, said yesterday, reports the Independent (p2).
The 'extraordinary inconsistency and incompetence' of the local government commission, which meant that only eight of the 39 shire counties would be broken up and reduced to single-tier authorities meant elected assemblies would have to be delayed, he said on BBC1's On the Record.
Mr Straw stressed that Labour's approach would involve existing councillors being appointed to a regional body which would then provide democratic oversight of existing quangos and regional government offices and the regional development agencies that Labour plans. Directly elected bodies could follow where regions opted for that.