Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has expressed his disappointment at Boris Johnson's decision to pull out of the race for the Conservative Party leadership.
The Stockton South MP said yesterday's announcement was disappointing as Mr Johnson had given him assurances regarding the future of the party and Britain after its exit from the European Union.
Mr Wharton said he would be speaking to all the party's leadership candidates before deciding who to back.
The British Minister with responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse initiative has said he will be supporting Britain's exit from the EU.
James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, said on twitter he is backing the vote leave campaign.
James Wharton, the MP who delivered one of the most important Conservative victories of the General Election, has been rewarded with a junior ministerial post.
The Stockton South MP becomes a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he will have responsibility for the 'Northern Powerhouse' plans to boost the economy of the North of England.
James Wharton is only 29-years-old, but he could be about to decide the future of Britain's membership of the EU.
In a stroke of luck, the MP for Stockton South has been given the chance to design a law forcing a referendum on the issue.
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A North East Conservative MP says he will introduce a Bill that will pave the way for a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.
James Wharton came top in the annual ballot of MPs, allowing him to put forward draft legislation which could become law.
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Traders in a Teesside market town fear that their businesses will be badly hit by plans to charge for parking.
The local MP has called proposals to spend £50,000 installing pay and display meters in Yarm a "disgrace".
However, Stockton Council says the changes are needed because the current system does not work.
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Traders in Yarm fear their businesses will be badly hit by plans to charge for parking. Lisa Chapman, who runs a beauty salon, says the changes may deter shoppers and visitors from coming to the Teesside market town.
But the Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook, says the current system, which allows limited free parking, isn't working and installing meters is the most effective way of dealing with the problem.
Stockton South's MP James Wharton has branded Stockton Borough Council's controversial decision to implement parking charges on Yarm high street as a "disgrace". The 12 proposed parking meters are reported to cost £4300 each.
Stockton Borough Council is hoping to bring in parking charges to the town in May, claiming they will generate much needed revenue.
But the move has been opposed by the MP, local businesses and residents.