Magazine article Public Finance

NLGN Welcomes Ex-Minister as New Director

Magazine article Public Finance

NLGN Welcomes Ex-Minister as New Director

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Former Labour minister Chris Leslie took over as the director of the New Local Government Network this week, promising to give local government a bigger say in the national policy debate.

Speaking to Public Finance on September 5, his first day in the job, Leslie said he was keen to stay in the public policy arena working on policy innovation and development.

He added that his experience of the inner workings of government was likely to prove useful.

'I'd like to make some interesting proposals that won't always be comfortable for ministers,' he added. And I want to come up with really hard-headed, practical suggestions that local authorities can take up.'

Leslie said more needed to be done to take the localism agenda to the next stage and suggested a good opportunity existed to give local government a more formal role in the national legislature.

He added: 'I would propose that a newly reformed House of Lords includes a strong quota of representatives indirectly selected by local councillors. …

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