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21st March 2019

East Anglia Devolution Debate live on local radio


This Thursday 19 May, BBC Radio Suffolk, (along with BBC’s Cambridgeshire and Norfolk) will be bringing together those with the power to influence and shape the region to discuss how three counties will work in light of the East Anglian Devolution developments live on air.

The BBC debate will broadcast live from Newmarket Racecourse from 9am-10.30am and the BBC wants its listeners to get involved by tweeting their opinions and concerns using the hashtag #BBCDevoDebate.

The panel will discuss the Government’s proposals to devolve power from Westminster so that Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will get greater say over certain areas.

These include transport, strategic planning and skills training and there is also a hint that at some stage health and social care may be added to the list. There will be an authority covering the whole area which will be run by a mayor elected by everyone in the three counties.

Mick Rawsthorne, Head of BBC East, said: “Any kind of devolution deal will have big impact on people’s lives with control over important decisions like housing, job skills and transport being moved from Whitehall to local politicians.

“It’s an important debate and we’re urging listeners to tune in and get involved by texting and tweeting us with their thoughts on the proposed Devolution deal. It’s an issue that affects everyone in the three counties.”

Join Mark Murphy on BBC Radio Suffolk who will be hosting the live debate from 9am On Thursday 19 May.

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