North West leaders ask PM to renew commitment to region

North West leaders among those lobbying for HS2 Credit: PA

Council leaders, elected mayors and Local Enterprise Partnership chairs from across the North West have written to new Prime Minister Theresa May urging her government to renew its commitment to helping the region reach its full potential.

The letter reflects on the successful co-operation across the North in developing transport initiatives and a shared economic narrative through the recently-published Northern Independent Economic Review and calls for the government to continue to work with the region.

It calls for HS2 to reach the North as soon as possible, for greater control of skills funding and training to ensure a workforce equipped for the needs of a growing economy and for further investment in research and culture.

The lead signatory to the letter is Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.