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Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, commenting on the Government's announcement on 'City Deals', said:

"Labour strongly supports local communities being given more powers - indeed I have been calling for this for some time. These city deals represent an important victory for local people and local government. And many people think that local government will do a better job at looking after their local economies and boosting skills than the Tory-led government is doing nationally.

"But, if this is the right thing to do for our core cities, then what about the rest of England? What we now need is a clear commitment that local authorities in all parts of England – including other cities, counties and districts – will be given the same opportunity to come together and take back power in the interests of the communities they represent."

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