Heseltine: Boosted regions can be more powerful than London

Lord Heseltine has begun outlining his economic growth report in Birmingham, expanding on his push for the UK regions to be given a greater role in the country's wealth creation.

"When local partners (around the UK) work together that local (partnership) is more powerful that anything London can produce," he said, adding: "Whitehall's ambitions should be to do less, but to do it better."

But the former Tory minister added that his report formed no criticism of the current Government.

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Heseltine urges regional spend

The Government was today urged by a former minister to spend more money on boosting economic growth in the regions. Lord Heseltine urged the coalition to produce a long-term strategy for economic growth.