Ed Milband outlines devolution plans during Nissan plant visit

Labour leader Ed Miliband talking about the Nissan Leaf to Kevin Fitzpatrick of Nissan during his visit to the Washington car plant on Friday
Labour leader Ed Miliband talking about the Nissan Leaf to Kevin Fitzpatrick of Nissan during his visit to the Washington car plant on Friday
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ED Miliband outlined his vision for greater devolution to the English regions on a visit to Sunderland today.

The Labour leader was at Nissan’s Wearside plant to see for himself the importance of the factory to the North East economy.

Labour would transfer control over £30billion worth of funding to the regions to help counter the knock-on effects of greater competition from a more powerful Scotland, he said.

“The Smith Commission has recognised the need to go further in Scotland,” said Mr Milband.

“But Labour recognises that devolution does not and must not stop at the Scottish border. It must represent a change, a new principle, determining how we are governed throughout the United Kingdom, bringing power closer to people across the whole country.

“For far too long, England has been one of the most centralised nations in the world, choking off the energy and the initiative of the great towns and cities that once powered the industrial revolution: Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sunderland and many others.

“We are determined to change that by devolving real powers and real responsibilities to the cities and counties of England, so that just as happens in Scotland, local people and local businesses can come together to create new jobs, better transport links, more skills and opportunities for the next generation.”