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Relocate Government Departments

03:07 pm, Thu 27th Nov 2014


I have today written to all Shadow Members of Cabinet calling on them to commit to moving Government departments out of London if Labour win the General Election next year.


Last year I submitted several bills in Parliament calling for the relocation of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport to Manchester, DEFRA to Bristol, the DWP to Leeds, the Department for Education to Nottingham, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to Sheffield and International Development to Newcastle.


This is a great opportunity for the Labour Party to show that it is the only party capable of boosting the economies of our northern cities.


A wholesale relocation of Government departments would cut costs to the taxpayer and spread wealth and jobs more evenly across the country.


The UK would also benefit from key decisions being made outside of the Westminster bubble.



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