Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Think-Tank Launched to Kick-Start Northern Powerhouse

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Think-Tank Launched to Kick-Start Northern Powerhouse

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter

FORMER Chancellor George Osborne yesterday launched a new think-tank to promote his Northern Powerhouse project.

Mr Osborne will also chair the Northern Powerhouse Partnership - an independent group including politicians and business leaders - to help push the agenda of greater powers and investment for the regions to boost jobs and growth.

He said: "When I launched the idea of Northern Powerhouse I said I would work tirelessly with anyone and everyone to make it a reality.

"But even I have been taken aback by the huge support it's attracted across political parties, businesses and communities.

It remains whether "In the space of just two years, we've created think-tank develop an powerful new mayors, committed to huge new transport and science projects, and attracted investment from around the world.

approach Ed "There's a real excitement now in the North about what we can achieve if we work together.

"I don't want us to lose that. That's why I'm so pleased major businesses, civic leaders and others have worked with me to create this new Northern Powerhouse Partnership. I'm also glad that the government has given its support."

However, the devolution initiative he first introduced in 2014 is now being questioned after he was sacked as chancellor by new Prime Minister Theresa May, who has spoken of a broader "proper" industrial strategy, nationwide, rather than a regional focus solely on the North.

Meanwhile, senior Labour politicians in the North have recently spoken of Whitehall briefings casting doubt on the new Prime Minister's commitment to the agenda.

And, earlier this month, after North East council leaders voted 4-3 against proceeding with the devolution deal without reassurances over funding, the offer to the region was withdrawn. The Northern Powerhouse aims to devolve powers and money from Whitehall to northern city regions in a bid to boost their economic performance. …

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