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Theresa May Backs the Northern Powerhouse in New Mission Statement

Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated her commitment to backing business growth across northern cities to boost their economic potential and re-balance the national economy.

Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated her commitment to backing business growth across northern cities to boost their economic potential and re-balance the national economy.

In a letter written for the Manchester Evening News, Mrs May addresses recent doubts regarding her commitment to the Northern Powerhouse, reaffirming the government's continued commitment to investing in the North.


Although the Prime Minister emphasises that government efforts to enhance the North’s potential have proven successful, as data shows foreign investment in the North has risen at double the rate of that of the rest of England - she believes there’s further room for improvement.


In this mission statement, Theresa May confirms that the “whole machinery of government” will continue to support business growth across the North by investing £13 billion on improving infrastructure – remodelling key roads and scrutinizing projects to quicken east-to-west rail links.


Furthermore, Mrs May also advocates the government’s devotion to support science and innovation in the North by investing millions in building world-class facilities for scientific research, such as the newly-built Graphene Institute in Manchester, and by helping tech start-ups get established.


The letter also highlights the Prime Minister's belief in enhancing Greater Manchester’s culture life by focusing on attracting more people to the creative industries, in hope that the sector will flourish further.


Consolidating her mission statement, she wrote: “I don’t want to see our country dependent on one city any more. I want to get all of our great cities firing on all cylinders to rebalance our economy. I will work with leaders here in Greater Manchester to build on the Northern Powerhouse, celebrating and further spurring the enormous contribution and potential of cities like Manchester, to deliver economic prosperity and more opportunities for everyone.”


In addition to discussing her economic ambitions for the North, Mrs May also explained her decision to make Manchester the host city for the upcoming national parade, which hails the successes of the British athletes that participated in the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games.


In the piece, May explains how "the North has been an important focal point for elite sport and has played a huge part in helping see in these enormously successful Games". Aside from Manchester playing a significant part in the sporting scene, the city’s cultural life and economy are “going from strength to strength” says May, as massive companies like Amazon are investing in the city and as economic links with Asia strenghten further.


Earlier this month, research by Hometrack showed a shrinking house price divide between the North and the South of England as property values in the North accelerate faster than the Capital.

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