George Osborne has said that some of Theresa May's advisers tried to airbrush his idea for a Northern Powerhouse from history.
Speaking exclusively to Granada Reports, the former chancellor and Tatton MP said Mrs May should now use the Conservative party conference in Manchester in October to commit her government to the North.
Our political correspondent Dan Hewitt has been reporting for a couple of weeks on the state of public transport in the North West.
You might remember he went from Manchester to a science park in Ellesmere Port on public transport - a journey that takes less than an hour in a car - it took Dan nearly two and a half hours.
That report was picked up by the media nationally - and clearly made its way across George Osborne's desk.
Dan spoke to Mr Osborne at the London Evening Standard's office for his only TV interview.
The Blackpool MP Paul Maynard is a government spokesperson on transport.
He says the government and Prime Minster are committed to the Northern Powerhouse, and it's safe in the their hands.
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