Allen steps up campaign to give councils more say

BULWELL’S Labour MP Graham Allen has hosted a discussion event on his campaign to win more power for local councils.

Mr Allen is chairman of Parliament’s Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee (PCRSC).

He is pushing for a system of independent local government that would free councils from the control of Westminster and give them more say over the services they provide.

The MP chose to unveil his campaign in Hucknall under the Market Place statue of the poet Lord Byron, who famously fought against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence.

He will visited Loxley House in Nottingham to chat with council officials, whose thoughts will feed into a consultation.

The event, which is part of a series of regional meetings, was introduced by Coun Graham Chapman (Lab), deputy leader of Nottingham City Council.