Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Part of Department for Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 5:36 pm on 2nd July 2019.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 5:36 pm, 2nd July 2019

My hon. Friend is making some good points, but does he also agree that one of the Government’s mistakes in terms of devolution is holding to the idea that that can be done only if there is a mayor? That has led to some very strange situations. For example, in the north-east we have a hotch-potch of different responsibilities in different areas.