Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, has welcomed the government's announcement on 'City Deals' in Yorkshire, saying it's something he's been calling on the government to deliver for some time.
But he said that the decision to give more powers to core cities poses the question - what about the rest of England?
"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."