Prospective candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock Stephen Metcalfe has warned the government not to resurrect plans for regional assemblies
In a recent ministerial keynote speech on regional government, Rosie Winterton the new Minister for Regional Economic Coordination said she would not let elected regional government “slip off the agenda”,
She said: “I have always been in favour of regional government”, it is “the obvious answer” and “we will come back to it”.
Mr Metcalfe said:
“Regional assemblies are now back from the dead under Labour. Gordon Brown won’t listen to the verdict of the people who rejected a new tier of regional politicians and the regional council tax to pay for it.
“Only Conservatives will dismantle Labour’s distant tiers of regional government and give power back to local communities.”