Labour's devolution plans

Labour tried to devolve power in England from 1998, creating eight regional development agencies (RDAs).  A handful of local councils, such as Doncaster and Salford, also adopted executive mayors, although they had no new powers.

RDAs were led by indirectly elected chambers intended to coordinate social, economic and environmental policy-making among local councils. They were supposed to precede fully elected legislative assemblies but the idea never gained much public support and was dumped following an unsuccessful referendum in 2004 in the north-east.

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