Chancellor George Osborne has said the fastest growing economic activity right now is in the North-East.
Giving a keynote speech in Manchester, he said people were also joining the jobs market there at the fastest rate.
Despite being a Londoner, the MP, who represents Tatton in Cheshire, spoke of his love for the North.
Being a Londoner I am proud to represent a northern constituency.
I feel the buzz and the energy every time I’m here. And I see it too in the Treasury data."
More top news
The release is the second batch in a series of leaks that have rattled the Democratic Party.
The rare 1901 edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit will go under the hammer to mark the 150th anniversary of the author's birth.
After a relatively mild and quiet night, an episode of rain for many of us tomorrow.