The Campaign for the English Regions has consistently argued for greater regional powers for elected assemblies.
Contact with ministers suggests elected regional government is on the post-election agenda. Suitably repackaged, an elected regional tier is vital if English regions are to make local investment decisions of the sort already benefiting Scotland and Wales.
Maybe Labour and the Liberal Democrats could support some form of elected regionalism linked to the Labour manifesto promise of an elected second chamber?
Chair, Campaign for the English Regions