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I SCRU­TI­NISED care­fully Rossendale MP Jake Berry’s col­umn in the Free Press; for his thoughts going for­ward fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment from his po­lit­i­cal masters in White­hall, that the North­ern Pow­er­house; for which Mr Berry is the Leader/Min­is­ter, is not now going to get the promised rail elec­tri­fi­ca­tions and up­grades so well pub­li­cised dur­ing the last elec­tion cam­paign; and “Lo and Be­hold” not a word.

No, the pow­ers re­sid­ing in Down­ing street have de­creed that, in­stead, the promised fund­ing will go to the sec­ond Cross­rail project in Lon­don and we in the North can make do with a few new diesel trains.

In­ter­est­ingly when the City May­ors of Liver­pool, Manch­ester and Leeds (all Labour) ob­jected to this betrayal they were ac­cused by the Tory Gov­ern­ment, not of ly­ing or dis­tort­ing the facts, but of po­lit­i­cal mis­chief mak­ing as if their protests were a school­boy prank.

It seems not enough peo­ple in the North voted Con­ser­va­tive; per­haps this is a pun­ish­ment for us not sup­port­ing Teresa.

Was the “North­ern Pow­er­house” sim­ply a mar­ket­ing slo­gan which has now been kicked into the prover­bial long grass?

Hav­ing been so pub­licly evis­cer­ated by the Cabi­net, I would have ex­pected Mr Berry to im­me­di­ately re­sign his post as the Min­is­ter for the North­ern Pow­er­house and re­turn to the back benches, but noth­ing has hap­pened yet. Bill Malley Hasling­den

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