NORTHERN POWERHOUSE IS BIG CITY GRAB FOR EVERYTHING FOR THEMSELVES – TONY GREAVES TELLS THE GOVERNMENT

Lancashire Liberal Democrat peer Lord Tony Greaves told the House of Lords
that Lancashire is being “deprived and stripped of resources – first the
councils, then the lack of government investment and now the police”. He
had tabled a question to ask the Government “in what ways the Northern
Powerhouse will benefit local authorities and their citizens in the County of
Lancashire”.

Lord Greaves said: “Lancashire is a large, varied, attractive county
stretching from the coast to the Pennine hills, where I live. It is full of
countryside and attractive towns and cities.” He went on to say: “Do the
Government understand that, if the northern powerhouse is going to
succeed and not just be a slogan, it is going to have to cover the whole of
the north of England and not just the big cities that grab everything for
themselves? At the moment, we are simply being stuffed.”

The Government Minister, Baroness Williams of Trafford said: “The
northern powerhouse is part of the Government’s long-term economic plan
to enable the north to maximise its economic potential. Alongside wider
economic growth, Lancashire will benefit from improved transport
connections, an enhanced skills base, support for international trade,
cultural investment and the opportunity to ask government for more
devolved powers. Local projects of economic importance are currently being
supported through the Lancashire growth deal and Preston and South Ribble
city deal.”

Speaking after the short debate, Lord Greaves said that the “Northern
Powerhouse” is just a glib slogan that hides a grab by the big cities like
Manchester and Leeds for a lot more than the lion’s share of development
including most of the new railway investment. He said: “All the Minister did
was to tell me about some projects which had already been agreed before
the “Powerhouse” tag was invented by Mr. Osborne. In East Lancashire at
least, and I suspect many other parts of our county, we are being fed
peanuts to keep us happy. It’s time we all stood together to say we simply
do not accept it.”

The full short debate can be found in the Hansard for Wednesday
14th October at–

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/151014-000
1.htm#15101443000726

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