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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.

Contact details



0207 340 2660

External links

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

Related Sourcewatch


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