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NLGN director appointed

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The New Local Government Network (NLGN) think tank has appointed its new director.

Simon Parker, a fellow at the Institute for Government, will take over at the think tank in September following the election of former director Chris Leslie as MP for Nottingham East.

A former correspondent for LGC and the Guardian, Mr Parker was previously head of public services at the centre-left think tank Demos and has also worked on public service policy for the CBI.

NLGN chair Iain Roxburgh said the new director had “an excellent track record in bright and innovative thinking, especially around public service reform and localism”.

Mr Parker, left, said NLGN had a “well-deserved reputation” for leading the debate and was in an ideal position to make sure localism was delivered.

“The new political landscape has created tremendous opportunities to embed localism in the way the UK is governed - freeing councils from central bureaucracy and putting communities in control,” he said.

“It’s a time for ambitious thinking, and with our strong networks and rigorous research, NLGN is in an ideal position to shape the debate over public service reform, decentralisation and democratic renewal.”

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