Cockell takes chair of Localis thinktank

Merrick Cockell, leader of the Kensington & Chelsea RBC, is the new chairman of Localis, the local government and localist thinktank.

James Morris, Localis chief executive welcomed the appointment, saying it came “at this important time for local government and the broader localist agenda”.

He added: “His experience as one of the country’s leading local authority leaders will be immensely valuable to Localis as we develop our policy agenda over the coming years.”

Cllr Cockell said: “Localis is currently leading the debate about the future of local government and localism in Britain. I am pleased to have been appointed as Chairman and look forward to working with James and his team to take Localis forward.”

Localis is an independent thinktank and a not-for-profit organization limited by guarantee.

Other board members are: Lord Hanningfield, leader of Essex CC; Cllr Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest BC; Cllr Paul Carter, leader of Kent CC; and Neil O’Brian, director of Policy Exchange.

Recent publications include: ‘The Million Vote Mandate’ on the big policy issues facing Boris Johnson as the new Mayor of London; ‘The Future of Regional Government’; and ‘Big Ideas: Building on Conservative fundamentals’ in conjunction with the Conservative Councils innovation unit.

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