Throughout the world, it is understood that city regions drive national economies. Devolving power and resources to these powerhouses is required if we are serious about economic growth. In Scotland, however, there is a growing tendency to centralise the decision-making process. Our city regions are being disadvantaged and innovation is being stifled.
There is a clear argument for increased powers for cities such as Glasgow.
The principle is simple. By having greater control over areas such as economic development and job creation we can make a greater difference to the lives of people in local communities. That has to be a priority and it is one that we are fighting for in Glasgow.
South of the border the City Deals programme has handed these powers to cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. City Deals put greater financial freedom in the hands of local government in partnership with business.
Glasgow can benefit greatly from this approach.
I call on the Scottish Government to actively support the Glasgow city region bid to the UK Government to establish Scotland's first City Deal.
In addition I want the Scottish Government to devolve the powers of quangos such as Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland to local government.
This will bring real benefits by avoiding duplication and will allow Glasgow greater control over investment in local priorities.
That is how you boost the economy and create jobs.
The Greater Manchester area, for example, has a City Deal which is set to create 40,000 additional jobs and 6000 apprenticeships, as well as bringing up to £30m extra annually from the UK Treasury into the local economy.
While other cities in England are making significant progress, there is a risk of Glasgow falling behind its UK competitors. We simply can't allow that to happen.
THE Glasgay! Festival will once again take centre stage between October 9 and November 9.
The annual event is now in its 20th year and is a truly fantastic celebration of LGBT culture.
It brings together the worlds of theatre, music, comedy, film and visual art for what is an outstanding cultural showcase that is enjoyed by all sections of the community.
But more than that, Glasgay! also helps raise awareness of issues around equality and diversity.
It is one of the highlights on Glasgow's cultural calendar and I am sure that this year's festival will be a truly fitting celebration to mark its 20th birthday.