Thursday 15 August 2019 / 12:01 AM Economy / Peter Dowd

Treasury renews support for Northern Powerhouse – Peter Dowd responds

Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to news of Simon Clarke MP’s ribbon-cutting tour of the Greater Manchester region, said:

“This PR exercise will do little to alleviate the billions of pounds cut from services across the north over nine long years of austerity.

“Tory governments have spent nearly a decade making empty promises of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’, yet nothing has improved under their watch. Instead infrastructure investment has fallen, millions have faced real wage cuts, life expectancy has flat-lined, and homelessness has risen. 

“A Labour government will invest £250bn across the country, as part of our National Transformation Fund, to rebuild Britain.”

Notes to Editors:

  • Labour Party analysis of the government’s latest National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline shows that infrastructure investment for projects under construction fell from £13.7 billion in 2016/17 to £8.2 billion in 2017/18 – and that the North’s proportion of ‘in construction’ investment fell from 25.69 per cent to 17.66 per cent.