Bristol's mayor welcomes new role
BRISTOL'S Mayor George Ferguson thinks it makes absolute sense that he has been given the Low Carbon and Energy role in the newly formed Cabinet of Core Cities.
The Cabinet is being seen as a direct conduit to central government for the country's eight leading regional cities.Alongside Bristol members of the new group include Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield.
The first meeting of the group is being held later today and Mr Ferguson will be taking part in the meeting and has high hopes for the new organisation.
He said: "Bristol and the core cities have a huge role to play in creating jobs and driving growth in our economy."All the core cities are determined to work together to step up pressure and influence on Government to make this case - forming this cabinet is a sensible and practical way we can raise our game."
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He added: "It makes absolute sense that I take the low carbon and energy brief in this new cabinet."Bristol aspires to be a leading green city with thriving low carbon industries and I am determined that we make the city one of the most sustainable in Europe."Bristol is well placed to share this expertise, but also draw from the experience of other leading sustainable cities across Europe and the world for the benefit of Bristol and the rest of the UK."
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and chair of the Cabinet, said: " The evidence is clear; Core Cities drive growth outside the South East.
"If we want to rebalance the economy, have more growth and jobs, this can only be delivered at scale by the Core Cities and their wider urban areas. Government has recognised this through the City Deals process, which we have allwelcomed, but we now need to go the extra mile.
"Government has encouraged cities to be ambitious and step up to the economic challenge. We now urge Government to step up with us, to recognise our Cabinet and work with us in a coordinated way across its own departments to secure jobs and growth, and create a more sustainable future economy with many thriving economic centres.
"Together with my fellow Cabinet members, we will set out an ambitious programme of work which we will be unveiling in the coming months, to help us achieve this."