‘Time has come’ for greater Sheffield powers - Nick Clegg

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A new vision for handing greater powers to northern cities like Sheffield is set to be unveiled today by city MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Mr Clegg will speak about plans for decentralising power and devolution of decision-making to the north of England, on the back of the Scottish referendum debate.

He is expected to tell a meeting hosted by IPPR North in Sheffield that the ‘time has come’ for greater powers for Sheffield and other cities.

Mr Clegg will say: “If ever there was a time to push for action on decentralisation, it’s now.

“You only need look at how the Scottish Referendum debate has re-energised people’s interest and engagement in politics over the last few weeks to see that this is an idea whose time has come.

“Over the last decades, we’ve seen a wave of new powers shifting out to every nation of the UK, except England.

“The facts speak for themselves - for every 10 private sector jobs created in the south under 10 years of the last Government, there was only one job generated in the north.

“We need to think about how we can exploit the greater local powers we’ve created to accelerate economic growth across the north. That’s why I’ve launched our new Northern Futures Project.

“This is an open call to local leaders, businesses and experts in housing, transport, planning, science and education across the north to answer the fundamental question: how do we build on the strengths in the north to create an economic core in the heart of the region that can compete with the biggest cities and regions in the world?”

n Clegg on the Scottish vote, and your chance to ask the Deputy PM your questions: See Pages 12 and 23.