The north is known for industry, but we are equally proud of its cultural heritage: the Brontës, Lowry and the Beatles. Our sporting heritage is equally rich. A worldwide fan-base follows the north’s Premier League football teams; Rugby league was born in Huddersfield; and the Great North Run remains the world’s most friendly half-marathon.
Caroline Flint has added her backing to a campaign for High Speed rail for the North, chairing the launch of a campaign in Parliament this week.
Caroline, who Co-Chairs the Northern Powerhouse All Party Parliamentary Group, said: “People in Doncaster have heard a lot about HS2, but with this campaign, we are demanding our HS3 – Northern Powerhouse Rail – to make trains from Hull to Liverpool, Doncaster to Newcastle hi-speed.
Read my article about the Northern Powerhouse in the New Statesman here.
The starting point for any debate on the Northern Powerhouse is: what is it? Is it an idea? Was it just George Osborne’s attempt to show the Tories cared about the North? Is it a chance to rebrand the North’s major cities? Is it about bringing the North’s leading politicians and industrialists together to help rebalance the United Kingdom’s economy?