Why Government must heed warning from Baroness Judith Blake - YEP Comment

We all know too well what a fantastic city Leeds is to live and work in.

By Laura Collins
Thursday, 13th May 2021, 4:45 am
It’s time to stop holding our city back. Picture: Adobestock
It’s time to stop holding our city back. Picture: Adobestock

But the warning from Baroness Judith Blake, who made her maiden speech in the House of Lords, is stark.

It’s time to stop holding our city back.

She has warned that Leeds isn’t reaching its true potential by the over-centralisation of government in England.

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The former council leader said the impact of Covid has seen a growing scale of inequality and we must work towards addressing the imbalance in the economy.

Too many times we have heard the phrase “level up” and now it really is in danger of becoming background noise.

At the weekend we saw Tracy Brabin elected to the newly-created post of West Yorkshire Mayor.

And it is vital that powers and, ultimately, resource are devolved down to those who know their communities best - the people on the ground.

We know that Leeds can achieve so much - but our city has to be allowed to unlock its full potential to not only survive but to thrive.

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