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:
Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said: