'Energy brief' for mayor in new role
BRISTOL mayor George Ferguson will take up a role in a new Cabinet of Core Cities, which is urging the Government to support "an ambitious programme for jobs and growth" to maximise the economic potential of the UK's big cities.
Mr Ferguson will hold the Low Carbon and Energy brief in the new cabinet alongside the leaders of eight major cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and Leeds.
An open letter from the new Cabinet to Prime minister David Cameron is published today, ahead of the leaders' first meeting in Liverpool tomorrow.
The letter says the cities' intent to pursue an "ambitious programme of growth and reform", calls for more action on key policy issues and calls for "increased dialogue and commitment" from central Government.
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The letter says: "As the leaders of England's biggest city economies outside London, we share the Government's ambition to grow the economy, and believe the Core Cities are critical to addressing the current imbalance."