Published: 11th Dec 2018

The Government’s Northern Powerhouse minister has urged the Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson to ‘calm down, calm down’ over transport funding fears. Speaking yesterday in Parliament, Jake Berry was quizzed by Labour’s shadow local government minister Jim McMahon over Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. The Liverpool mayor announced he was leaving the partnership because he claimed the Government refused to listen to it and other regional bodies such as Transport for the North. ‘There are several bodies in the north, such as the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and Transport for the North, providing Government with this evidence but I no longer see the point of being a part of these bodies set up by a Government which isn’t prepared to listen to them,” Mr Anderson told the BBC. Mr McMahon also quoted recent research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North think tank, which … (To read the full article, subscribe below)