Levelling Up: Empowering Local Leaders

Part of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – in the House of Commons at on 16 May 2022.

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Photo of Simon Fell Simon Fell Conservative, Barrow and Furness

I thank the Secretary of State for visiting Barrow recently to see how the £25 million town deal and the £16 million levelling-up funding will transform our community.

Cumbria has just elected its first ever councillors to the new Westmorland and Furness Council and Cumberland Council. This is a historic moment for our county. Does my hon. Friend the Minister agree that there is further to go and that the new councillors have the opportunity to secure a bountiful devolution deal that supercharges the county with an elected Mayor? What advice would he give to them?