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."
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