Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles is marking St George’s Day with a formal acknowledgement of the "continuing role of England’s traditional counties in the political and cultural life of the nation."
A significant number of counties were “administratively abolished” by Edward Heath's Government in the Local Government Act 1972. That means in a bureaucratic sense Cumberland, Huntingdonshire, Westmorland and Middlesex ceased to exist. I was pleased Rutland was later revived.
Today's announcement offers encouragement to local residents to continue to champion such local identities, irrespective of current tiers of local administration.
The announcement follows the abolition of the “artificial” Government Office Regions, based on European Union’s “NUTS1” administrative boundaries.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said: