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LABOUR'S REGIONAL GOVERNMENT POLICY CHANGES

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Labour leader Tony Blair is to water down his party's commitment to set up regional governments throughout Britain,...
Labour leader Tony Blair is to water down his party's commitment to set up regional governments throughout Britain, The Sunday Times reported (Feb 12, p9).

He will stick to his pledge to set up a tax-raising Scottish parliament and a less powerful Welsh assembly.

But he will promise not to set up English regional assemblies unless there is clear public demand.

The Independent on Sunday (p2) adds that Jack Straw, chair of Labour's democracy committee, has drawn up a 'minimalist plan', under which elected councillors would sit on regional bodies.

These would take over the regional offices of government departments dealing with issues such as urban regeneration.
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