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May pledges full government backing for Northern Powerhouse

Words: Huw Morris
Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to ensure that the “whole machinery of government” gets behind the Northern Powerhouse.

Amid doubts over the future of the flagship policy, May said her government’s “mission” is “creating a country that works for everyone”. She said it would achieve this by “backing business growth right across the North and giving our great cities the power and resources they need to reach their potential”.

In an article for the Manchester Evening News, the prime minister pointed to major government investment in the North including £13 billion on improving infrastructure by accelerating the upgrade of the M62 and faster east-to-west rail connections to join up cities.

May also described devolution as “another crucial part of our commitment to the North”.

Former chancellor George Osborne, who will chair the new think tank Northern Powerhouse Partnership, had admitted on the BBC’s Today programme that the policy had suffered “a little bit of a wobble” with the arrival of May’s administration.