Confidence in the government's flagship Northern Powerhouse has dropped sharply since Brexit. Exclusive research from Ipsos MORI suggests people in the North West are not convinced the plans to better balance the domination of London are actually working.
But ahead of tomorrow's autumn statement, former Chancellor George Osborne has told us 'it won't happen overnight' and 'if we don't try we'll never succeed'.
Our political correspondent Joe Pike has the story:
The Chancellor and Tatton MP George Osborne has been laying out his plans for the economy in his final Autumn Statement before the General Election, but will it be enough to swing voters in the North West's most marginal constituency?
Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has been to Bolton West where just 92 votes separate Labour and the rest, to speak to businesses, parents and first-time voters.