Poll Shows ‘Overwhelming’ Support For Devolution

Support for more devolution is ‘overwhelming’ in city regions with metro mayors, rising to 87% in Tees Valley, according to a new poll. 

‘This overwhelming support to move power out of Whitehall should encourage the government to publish its delayed white paper on devolution in England and include substantial reforms to the way England is governed’, according to the Centre for Cities, which commissioned the poll from Savanta ComRes. 

The poll was carried out in seven city regions where voters will go to the polls on 6 May to re-elect mayors – Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England – and one, West Yorkshire, where they will be electing a mayor for the first time. 

The North East, which rejected a devolution offer in 2016, and North of Tyne, where the mayor is not up for re-election this year, were not included in the polling. 

‘Support for greater devolution rises as high as 87% in the Conservative-held Tees Valley city-region. In London and Greater Manchester, 85% of people support it’ says the Centre for Cities. 

The areas where people in Tees Valley most want more power devolved from Whitehall are business support (55%) followed by affordable housing and access to skills and training. 

You can read the Centre for Cities press release here and explore the polling data here.   

In 2012 people in nine English cities, including Newcastle, voted against having elected mayors. Only Bristol voted for a mayor.