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London First challenges Cable and Umunna on devolution

Baroness Jo Valentine was on BBC Sunday Politics this week, asking Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, what powers they would devolve to the London Mayor if in power.

Chuka Umunna said he was a “big fan” of further decentralisation in London and would like the Mayor to be in charge of London suburban rail routes.

On tax raising powers, he said he would allow London to keep the increase in its business rates, in order to incentivise local authorities to grow their authorities. He added that Labour planned to do this across the UK.

Vince Cable said he wouldn’t want to see the mayor have much more power, but agreed on having more transport control.

In terms of devolution of tax raising, he thought councils should be given more powers as they are the size of provincial cities and have been “emasculated” over the years.

This would allow them to build social housing, he said, referring to similar work by a Liberal Democrat council in Cambridge.

The piece starts at 29:38 with Jo on at 44:46 and can be viewed here.

Read more about our work on devolving more powers to London here

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