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 owner of a dog who was rescued from England's highest mountain is being sought by an animal welfare charity.
A vicar who was diagnosed with HIV after being attacked two years ago has created a powerful video to share her story with her congregation.
A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his mobile phone took the brunt of the blast.