During a whistle-stop tour around Suffolk and Norfolk, Mr Blair told the Ipswich paper that if people didn’t want a directly-elected assembly based in Cambridge, they wouldn’t have one.
He told the Evening Star: “We’re not going to force anyone into having regional government against their will. Nothing will be done without the consent of the people.
“The message from us is clear: If you don’t want it, don’t have it.”
Last month Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott announced Government plans to devolve powers to the regions.
But the Evening Star has sent a stark message to Mr Blair, adamant that regional government is not needed in East Anglia.
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