“Greater Midlands” councils not told about their devolution deals

“… Staffordshire MPs Jeremy Lefroy, Gavin Williamson and Karen Brady have called for the creation of a new Mercian combined authority, which would see the county join forces with Shropshire district, as well as Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Telford & Wrekin, which last week announced it would be joining the proposed West Midlands Combined Authority, would not be included under the plans.

The moves have caused some bemusement among those areas that have been linked to Shropshire.

Civic leaders in the two East Midland counties said they had received no approach from either Shropshire or Staffordshire councils, and would not be drawn on whether they would support such a move.”