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Tees Valley Mayor to meet the Chancellor

The Mayor for the Tees Valley Ben Houchen Credit: PA

The Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is to meet with the Chancellor for the first time alongside the Metro Mayor for Manchester (Andy Burnham) and Liverpool (Steve Rotheram)

It's believed they'll discuss productivity in the North and the so called Northern Powerhouse.

The Chancellor will also see new rail hub linking Manchester’s major stations and a new airport route and new homes planned for Leeds’s - but at the moment the Treasury were unable to tell us if Phillip Hammond will be visiting the North East.

The treasury say ministers will shortly be announcing further funding to improve roads across the North.

“Boosting productivity in the North is at the very heart of the government’s ambition to build an economy that works for everyone.

“As we prepare to leave the European Union it is even more important that we support the Northern Powerhouse to reach its full potential.

“That’s why we are investing record amounts in infrastructure, and working with Metro Mayors to encourage growth and create opportunities throughout the North.”

– The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond