A Labour government will “trust” the people of Milton Keynes by handing over power to spend money on what matters to them, says Ed Miliband.
The Labour leader was in MK today at Transport Systems Catapult on Midsummer Boulevard with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls for a meeting with the new English Regional Shadow Cabinet Committee.
The pair announced plans to devolve £30billion of funding over five years - including money for transport, housing and employment - to England’s city and county councils.
Speaking to the Citizen, Mr Miliband said: “I believe the people of Milton Keynes think that we need a recovery that doesn’t just reach the city of London, but reaches their kitchen table too.
“The way we are going to do that is by giving local people more power and working with local businesses to create the good jobs and decent wages we need.
“It can’t just be the low-skilled, low-waged jobs on zero hour contracts, but good jobs on good wages.
“We have some of those in Milton Keynes, but need more of them.”
Mr Miliband said the plans were about local councils and businesses “working together” and a Labour government “trusting” the people of Milton Keynes.
Leader of Milton Keynes Council, Pete Marland said: “What is good enough for Scotland and Manchester, is good enough for MK.”
“Local people and authorities are better-placed to know how to spend the money and know what people want.
“If we are given that power we will be able to spend money far more efficiently than central government.”
But Iain Stewart, Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South, does not believe regional devolution outweighs the importance of English votes on English laws.
Mr Stewart said: “This government is already setting in place devolution within England’s regions.
“Ed Miliband is desperately trying to spin the argument to regional devolution but there is a clear demand for English Votes particularly when Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are getting more and more powers.”