Ab­sent min­is­ter hits out at mayor with ‘ne­glect’ claim

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

IT was a his­toric day as north­ern lead­ers, busi­nesses and vol­un­tary groups gath­ered to speak with ‘one voice’ about the fu­ture of the re­gion – but there was a glar­ing ab­sence.

North­ern Pow­er­house min­is­ter Jake Berry is al­leged to have snubbed his in­vite to the Con­ven­tion of the North.

Andy Burn­ham, mayor of Greater Manch­ester, said he had per­son­ally texted Mr Berry about the event - but never re­ceived a re­ply.

When later asked by the M.E.N. why he didn’t re­ply, or at­tend the Con­ven­tion of the North, Mr Berry did not answer, in­stead ac­cus­ing Mr Burn­ham of ‘ne­glect­ing the North’ dur­ing his time in gov­ern­ment.

Mr Berry added: “Andy Burn­ham talks about cross-party support for trans­port, but dur­ing his time in gov­ern­ment he failed to de­liver.

“Now he snipes, back­bites and crit­i­cises the very body that he is a mem­ber of, Trans­port for the North.”

●●Pow­er­house min­is­ter Jake Berry did not at­tend the Con­ven­tion of the North

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