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Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton supports EU exit

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.


Stockton South MP James Wharton wins ministerial post

Stockton South MP James Wharton is now a junior minister.

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.

Full Report: MP calls Yarm parking charges a "disgrace"

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.

You can watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.


Fears that parking charges will be bad for business

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.

Yarm parking meters a "disgrace" says MP

Yarm High Street has been the centre of a long running parking debate Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Yarm High Street Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.