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Localis is a conservative think-tank, based in Westminster, dedicated to issues related to local government and localism.
Since their formation, they have produced research on a variety of issues, including: housing, the reform of regional government, innovation in services and local government finance.
Localis believe in a greater devolution of power to the local level. Decisions should be made by those most closely affected, and they should be accountable to the people which they serve.
The Localis Board
Chairman - Merrick Cockell, Leader of Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Board member - Lord Hanningfield, Leader of Essex County Council
Board member - Paul Bettison, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council
Board member - Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council
Board member - Neil O'Brien, Director of Policy Exchange
The Localis Team
Chief Executive - James Morris
Senior Advisor - Roger Gough
Research Fellow - Tom Shakespeare
Communications Officer - Mike Morgan-Giles
What they do
Localis aims to provides a link between local government and the key figures in business, academia, the third sector, parliament and the media.
They aim to influence the debate on localism, providing innovative and fresh thinking on all areas which local government is concerned with.
Localis have a broad events programme, including roundtable discussions, publication launches and an extensive party conference programme.
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Cockell takes chair of Localis thinktank - http://www.lgcplus.com/News/2008/10/cockell_takes_chair_of_localis_thinktank.html
Localis appoints new Chief Executive - http://www.24dash.com/news/local_government/2008-04-10-Localis-appoints-new-Chief-Executive
Andrew Gilligan - Think small, Boris - and you'll change people's lives - http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23494214-details/Think+small,+Boris+-+and+you%27ll+change+people%27s+lives/article.do
Resources and articles
Guardian: Pamphlets - http://www.guardian.co.uk/public/features/story/0,,2294393,00.html
Guardian: Think tanks - Localis - http://politics.guardian.co.uk/thinktanks/page/0,,712104,00.html