Auf Wiedersehen Dev?

The North East devolution plan has suffered a major setback after four of the seven local authorities voted against it, citing concerns over funding post Brexit. The deal would have unlocked £900m of funding over 30 years to be spent on infrastructure. Newly appointed Local Government Secretary, Sajid Javid, confirmed that the deal was off, although a renewed attempt may be made with Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside, who all voted in favour. Meanwhile, the devolution agenda continues with mayoral elections in the Tees Valley, Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham next May.