MPs to discuss Hampshire & Isle of Wight devolution plans

Devolution for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is gaining momentum with MPs from across the area gathering to discuss proposals.

Positive discussions have been taking place between central government and the 19 organisations who are seeking devolved powers for the benefit of businesses and residents in the area after the bid was submitted last month.

Alongside this MPs, including Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, will be coming together at a series of meetings to hear more about the progress of the bid.

One meeting in particular is a landmark for the area, in the form of the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, showing the growing desire from all parties to work closely together and maximise the possible benefits.

Ranil Jayawardena, MP for North East Hampshire and Chairman-elect of the new parliamentary group, said:

It's important for all MPs across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to work together for our area's benefit. Devolution will be a big focus for our new group. Done right, it can undoubtedly bring big benefits to our area and we're all very keen to play our part in making meaningful devolution a reality.