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Leaders and Mayors of the ten UK Core Cities have gathered at the former home of visionary city reformer Joseph Chamberlain to discuss how our cities can make the country a stronger, fairer place to live, work and do business.

The men and women who lead the cities that generate a quarter of the UK economy and are home to 19 million people met at Highbury Hall in Birmingham, where Chamberlain lived during his period as one of Britain’s most radical and reforming politicians.

Chamberlain’s 21st century equivalents met to discuss a range of topics including industrial strategy and Brexit as well as how they can make sure no-one is left behind by economic growth.

They were joined for round-table discussions by various international luminaries including leading US economist Bruce Katz and Greg Fisher, the Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky.

Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and chair of Core Cities UK, said: “Post Brexit, our cities will be more important than ever. We have come together in Birmingham to remind the Government that our cities will be key to UK success in the future.

“It is only by giving more power to place that we can grow our country’s productivity and create real economic growth that means no-one is left behind.

“It is fitting that our meeting today took place at Highbury Hall. Joseph Chamberlain invented the concept of modern city government in the UK and was largely responsible for Birmingham’s success in the Victorian era. As a new generation of city leaders, we are determined to follow up on his legacy, building successful, inclusive places that fulfil their vast potential.”