Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lucy's Interview with the Minister

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lucy's Interview with the Minister

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WHY are you the third Northern Powerhouse minister in two years? "It is the nature of government that ministerial departments change. There was a change of prime minister and then we had a General Election, these things are just the way of politics.

"I am here as a north west ambassador, as someone who is born and bred in the north west, went to university in Yorkshire, to reinvigorate the Northern Powerhouse and ensure it delivers for people here in Manchester, Liverpool, and across the entire north.

SO would you describe this as a dream job, being a northern lad? "It is very rare in government that you get the job you really want and I worked initially in the treasury with George Osborne when this Northern Powerhouse project was set up. I like to think I was part of the thinking behind getting it going in 2014 and it is a great privilege to really deliver for people on the ground here in Manchester. …

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