Steve Fights for Liverpool Representation on Northern Futures Project(July 08, 2014)
Steve Rotheram Calls for Liverpool Representation on Northern Futures Scheme
Walton MP Steve Rotheram has challenged the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister to quickly install a Liverpudlian to the Board of the government’s new flagship Northern Futures scheme.
Northern Futures launched on Friday in Leeds and is designed to devolve power from Whitehall to the North in a bid to boost economic activity in the regions. However as yet, the board of the new project only contains representatives from Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds Councils with Liverpool seemingly frozen out.
During a question session in the House of Commons today, Steve grilled the cities minister and explained that the scheme had no hope of working if Liverpool – one of the North of England’s greatest assets – was not given a voice at the top table.
After the exchange, Steve wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister and explained, “As you’ll be aware, Liverpool is rich in heritage, culture and tradition as well as leading the way in modern industry and research. With its geographical location, Liverpool is the gateway to the Atlantic Ocean, home to an international airport and enjoys first-class rail links with the Capital. Notwithstanding its economic and physical advantages, Liverpool is also synonymous with a remarkable people who work hard and are ambitious for themselves and for their families. Collectively, this makes Liverpool one of the north of England’s greatest assets.
“I notice from your most recent press statement that at present Liverpool does not have a certified representative on the Northern Futures Board. I believe this is a mistake. Further, I also believe that the Northern Futures project will only succeed, if Liverpool is fully represented on the Board and making the biggest possible contribution to the debate.
“Consequently, I would appreciate your support in quickly identifying a suitable candidate from Liverpool, who can act as a voice for the city and bring a unique perspective to the project. Should you wish to discuss candidates with me, I would be more than willing to meet with you in the coming weeks or alternatively, I am happy to forward suggestions to you”.
Steve awaits the Deputy Prime Minister’s reply.