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Parliamentary grouping to push case for the Northern Powerhouse

The new parliamentary group will aim to raise Credit: ITV Granada

Politicians from across northern England are launching a new parliamentary group in an attempt to have a greater influence at Westminster.

The Northern Powerhouse all-party parliamentary group (APPG) aims to raise awareness of issues affecting the region and attract investment.

The group was set up by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the independent body chaired by former chancellor George Osborne to represent business and civic leaders in the region.

The APPG's chairman John Stevenson, Tory MP for Carlisle, said:

I am looking forward to driving this initiative in Parliament to increase investment in and awareness of the North as a place that drives business, skills and economic growth."

Liverpool city region's Labour mayor Steve Rotheram said: "It's vitally important that we build the widest possible coalition in support of economic rebalancing and that the case for the Northern Powerhouse is advocated consistently and robustly both within the North and at the centre of national political decision-making."

– APPG's chairman John Stevenson

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said:

We're beginning an exciting new chapter for the North and, in this new APPG, we have a coalition of dedicated MPs from across the political spectrum working with business leaders and local authorities to help drive growth and innovation in the Northern Powerhouse.

"Through working together, we will continue to turn the Northern Powerhouse into a globally recognised economy, delivering the very best of British innovation, skills, manufacturing and technology."

– Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry