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May: Northern Powerhouse success a top priority

Northern Powerhouse success is critical to the government’s plans to ensure growth reaches every corner of the country according to Theresa May.

The Prime Minister was speaking ahead of today’s meeting with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham where the pair will discuss issues including the integration of health and social care and regional investment.

During her trip to the region May will also visit staff at a hospital in Liverpool to discuss plans to boost organ donation and attend a ceremony which will unveil a tribute by the Police Memorial Trust to PC David Phillips of Merseyside Police.

Ahead of her visit, the Prime Minister said: “The Northern Powerhouse is at the core of our work to spread growth across the entire country.

“Over the past few weeks we have demonstrated how important this agenda is with announcements such as the £400 million boost for northern transport, ensuring we maximise the economic opportunity from HS2 and invest in transport improvements across the whole of the North.”

“Over the coming months I will be meeting leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse, starting today in Manchester, to talk about how we can progress this vital agenda.”

The Prime Minister is also expected to reveal today that Greater Manchester is on course to become one of first places in the country to agree a new housing deal with the government, which could help build thousands of new homes.

The deal could include new funding for council housing and unlock the housing potential of local transport infrastructure.