Cllr Peter Box to lead Key Cities group

11/07/2017, PR8602

The Leader of Wakefield Council has been appointed as the new Chair of the Key Cities group.

Wakefield is one of the founding members of Key Cities, which was founded in 2013. It was set up to bring together councils with ‘mid-sized’ populations and economies, sharing similar strengths and challenges.

The 21 councils involved now have faster growing economies than the Core Cities and represent 7.2million people, which is ten per cent of the population and generates £149billion for the UK economy.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Cllr Box CBE said: “I am delighted to take up this role and am keen to build on our achievements over the last four years.

“Our message is clear - if you want to achieve more growth, more quickly, then Key Cities are best placed to deliver this. Since 2008, we have experienced a bigger growth in GVA than the Core Cities and have far greater potential for future growth.

“We will be working closely with ministers on the Government’s Industrial Strategy and it’s clear that ministers already have a better understanding of the benefits of investing in the Key Cities.”

Cllr Peter Box CBE replaces Cllr Paul Watson who is stepping down to focus on his role as Leader of Sunderland Council and the wider North East region.

Cllr Box CBE has been Leader of Wakefield Council for the past 19 years and is Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The Key Cities group at present includes 21 councils from across the UK. These are
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bradford, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Hull, Kirklees, Newport, Norwich, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Salford, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea Sunderland, Tees Valley, Wakefield, Wolverhampton.

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