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NORTH-EAST LEADER CALLS FOR ACTION TO GET ELECTED ASSEMBLY

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The leader of the North-East Regional Assembly has said action is needed as well as words in the battle to get an e...
The leader of the North-East Regional Assembly has said action is needed as well as words in the battle to get an elected assembly for the region, reports The Journal.

Mike Davey, chairman of the assembly, said he welcomed the proposals for an elected chamber which were put forward by the North-East Constitutional Convention.

But he said it was now vital to make a success of the existing regional bodies. 'The enthusiasm for regional devolution which now exists across many different sectors ... is impressive, but we would be deceiving ourselves if we allowed that enthusiasm to mask realities,' he said.

'The facts are that the real challenge is to demonstrate to the people of the north-east that regionalism is relevant to their lives - and we shall do that only if we can demonstrate that it can deliver an improved economy, better social conditions, a better environment, a better quality of life.

'If we can show that the recently-established regional assembly can, together with the regional development agency, make that difference, there will be much greater likelihood that people would be prepared to vote in a regional referendum for a move to the next step of an elected structure.'
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