Summit of Northern leaders will discuss housing as part of wider economic agenda

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HOUSING will be one of the key topics of conversation when leaders from across the North of England gather in Rotherham this month to debate the future of the Northern Powerhouse.

Broadcaster – and proper Northern lass – Steph McGovern is to host the summit, organised by Convention of the North and NP11, where she’ll present a host of speakers for the policy-focused programme of workshops and discussions.

The summit will bring together the North’s political, business, community and academic leaders, along with young people’s groups.

Among the North’s leaders speaking at the event will be Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis; chair of the NP11 and of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Roger Marsh OBE; chair of Convention of the North, Councillor Nick Forbes; and Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP.

McGovern, who is originally from Middlesbrough but now lives in Manchester, said: “As a proud Northerner I’m looking forward to hosting this event and hearing the proposals our Northern leaders and the Government will bring to the table to ensure the North can stand on its own two feet and continue to prosper after Brexit. With thousands of fantastic businesses based here, the North is hugely important to the UK’s economy. This event is an important chance to attract much needed investment.”

Nick Forbes, chair of the Convention for the North and the leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “Across the North people are set to come together to agree the steps we need to take to grow our economy and fulfil the North’s potential. From transport to climate change, skills to investment, we know the issues we need to address if we are to grow, and we know the benefits this can bring to the whole of the UK.

“This Convention of the North will give our regions a louder voice than ever before to secure this and prepare us for a period of great change in our country. I look forward to hearing views from across the North at the event and working with Government to secure a better future for the North.”

The event is to take place at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham on 13 September, and it is being delivered in partnership by the Convention of the North, and NP11. The latter group consists of all 11 Northern Local Enterprise Partnership chairs.

The event will be a working convention to debate policy across workshops which will address skills and education, housing, transport, innovation, trade and investment, and clean growth.

“To deliver an economy that is future-proof, it’s a no brainer that the North should be front and centre of plans for the UK’s prosperity and competitiveness after Brexit. This event will be critical to realising the North’s true potential,” said Roger Marsh OBE, chair of NP11 and of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

“Our region has major strengths in areas such as renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, tourism, logistics, professional services and higher education. Now is the time to maximise these strengths by increasing collaboration across the North so that it’s great towns, cities and rural communities can play a major role in a truly global UK.”

Northern Powerhouse minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “This summit will showcase the talent, ambition and pioneering spirit which sets the Northern Powerhouse apart.”

The event will also bring together influential bodies such as the N8 research partnership, the People’s Powerhouse, Northern Power Women and leading thinktanks such as IPPR North and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, young people from across the North will set out their vision for the North’s future, and how current leaders need to work together to achieve it.



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