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LABOUR'S REGIONAL COMMISSION VISITS STRONGEST CONTENDER

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Senior members of the Labour party's regional policy commission spent yesterday at Newcastle civic centre, where th...
Senior members of the Labour party's regional policy commission spent yesterday at Newcastle civic centre, where they were pressed by leading councillors on the case for a regional assembly, reports The Journal (p16).

The 13-member commission, which includes Association of Metropolitan Authorities chairman Jeremy Beecham, is holding meetings around England, and gathering information on a range of issues including the economy, Europe, education and training.

It will then report its findings to Labour deputy leader John Prescott.

Cllr John McCormack, senior vice chairman of the 31-council North of England Assembly, told the Journal:

'The North has been streets ahead of every other region in this field. We are not in competition with them and we assist them, but we believe the demand for a regional assembly is stronger here than anywhere else.'
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