Devolution: England - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:19 pm on 28th July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Green 12:19 pm, 28th July 2020

My Lords, I declare my position as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. The noble Lord, Lord Shipley, suggested that the Government should not impose a compulsory standardised model—indeed, reference has just been made to the way in which the devolved Administrations in Scotland and Wales have worked so well. Will Her Majesty’s Government consider consulting local people, looking to far more democratic, proportional and fair voting systems—the systems that local people want to deliver—and not enforcing the kind of single, strong leader model that the noble Lord the Minister just referred to?