Steve Barclay – 2022 Comments on 39 Locations Applying for City Status

The comments made by Steve Barclay, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on 4 January 2022. The list of locations is available at

Today’s announcement is a celebration of the rich and diverse communities which make up not only the United Kingdom, but also our friends further afield in the Falklands, Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands.

It’s fitting that, as we look towards celebrating the 70 year reign of Her Majesty the Queen, we extend the competition to include those parts of the world which also hold her so dearly.

City status is not only about local pride, it can deliver real levelling up benefits for businesses and the local area which is clear from the high number of applications. A sincere best of luck to all those who have applied.