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Kent Labour Leaders Call for More Progress on Devolution

Labour leaders across Kent including leader of Dartford Labour - Jonathon Hawkes, have come together to call on the government to extend the devolution agenda to Kent. You can read their statement below

Statement from Kent Labour Leaders in Local Government:
As Labour leaders of local government across Kent we are concerned that our 1.8 million residents will lose out if the devolution agenda is not extended to our county
In other parts of the country we have seen devolution to local councils and combined authorities of all political persuasions.  Although this does not always mean new money, it does mean a greater influence and ability to shape key services on issues like transport, employment and skills & health. 
We are calling on all leaders in local government across Kent to work on a cross party basis to ensure that, whilst the "Northern Powerhouse" and "Midlands Engine" are getting support and bringing greater potential for their residents, we here in Kent are not left behind
We hope that as 2016 progresses, we see real and tangible opportunities for improvement across Kent.
Cllr Gordon Cowan - Kent Labour Group Leader
Cllr Vince Maple - Medway Labour Group Leader
Cllr Brendan Chilton - Ashford Labour Group Leader
Cllr Alan Baldock - Canterbury Labour Group Leader
Cllr Jonathon Hawkes - Dartford Labour Group Leader
Cllr Mike Eddy - Dover Labour Group Leader
Cllr John Burden - Gravesham Labour Group Leader
Cllr Malcolm McKay - Maidstone Labour Group Leader
Cllr Michael Hogg - Sevenoaks Labour Group Leader
Cllr Claire Jeffrey - Shepway Labour Group Leader
Cllr Roger Truelove - Swale Labour Group Leader
Cllr Iris Johnston - Thanet Labour Group Leader
Cllr Alain Lewis - Tunbridge Wells Labour Group Leader

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