Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'It's Time for Regional Government'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'It's Time for Regional Government'

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A CAMPAIGN group calling for an elected government for the North of England will today bring its case to Westminster. The Hannah Mitchell Foundation says the time for regional government has come, either as a whole for the North or for the three regions that make it up - the North East, Yorkshire and the North West. It is holding a reception in Parliament today to promote a debate, with former Labour Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott among more than a dozen MPs and peers expected to attend.

Lord Prescott was the leading figure in the last Government in favour of regional assemblies in England, although that vision came to a grinding halt after the defeat in the North East referendum on the issue in 2004.

The foundation is named in memory of a Northern socialist and feminist proud of her working class roots and had a cultural as well as political vision.

Foundation general secretary Paul Salveson said: "We are a new organisation.

We only had our public launch in March. …

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