A seminar day examining East Anglia’s place in the context of local government reform, which often focuses on the North-South divide. A morning panel with academic papers on devolution outside of East Anglia followed by a Q&A with local policy makers and the public, in order to allow lessons learnt to be disseminated within East Anglia. An afternoon panel with local decision makers in discussion with the public about democracy within East Anglia, the ‘East Anglia Devolution Agreement’ (2016), and how the public can take greater ownership of democracy through devolution.
A buffet lunch will be provided for attendees.
11.30 – 11.45 Introduction to Devolution plans in Eastern England/East Anglia.
11.45 – 12.45 Panel on English Devolution outside of Eastern England/East Anglia
Dr Arianna Giovannini (De Montfort University) - Local government reforms in Northern England and the Northern Powerhouse
Professor Brian Jacobs (Warwick) – Local government in London and the role of the London Mayor
Professor Jonathan Davies (De Montfort University) – Local government reforms in the East Midlands, particularly Leicester
Professor Jim Chandler (Sheffield Hallam University) – Current English local government reform in historical context.
12.45 – 13.45 Buffet Lunch
13.45 – 14.15 Afternoon Discussion Panel on Devolution within Eastern England/East Anglia
Speakers, currently include:
David Howarth ex-MP for Cambridge
Vicky Ford, Conservative MEP for East of England (TBC)
Cllr John Hipkin, Independent, Cambridge City Council (TBC)
14.15 – 14.45 Public Q&A
14.45 – 15.00 Wrap Up Session