I will end the North-South divide - Cameron

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DAVID Cameron has promised to end the North-South divide and told Yorkshire voters Labour will let them down if put into power next week.

The Prime Minister is pledging a Conservative government would make sure the North economy grows as fast as the South over the next five years.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets Zak Raynor, 12, during a walkabout in the centre of Wetherby yesterday

Prime Minister David Cameron meets Zak Raynor, 12, during a walkabout in the centre of Wetherby yesterday

And he will return to campaign in West Yorkshire today in the hope of tipping the balance in a string of seats in the area too close to call.

Mr Cameron said: “Forget about Labour, they’ve let you down before and they’ll let you down again.

“This time next week, Ed Miliband could be propped up the SNP, funneling cash north of the border. The only way to stop it, the only way to secure the future of the north, is by voting Conservative.

“We have the ideas, the passion, the desire and yes the track record to create something special here.

“What I’m pledging to here is nothing less than the most important commitment to the north for decades: we’re going to close the north-south growth gap.”

The Prime Minister will argue a string of projects announced by the outgoing government, including upgrades to the M62 and A1 and promised investment in apprenticeships and scientific research will be at risk unless the Conservatives win next week.

But his comments angered the Liberal Democrats who insisted they had played the leading role in the Coalition’s efforts to help the North.

Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven said: “It is Nick Clegg who created and oversaw the Regional Growth Fund, which has helped rebuild our industrial heartlands and supported almost 600,000 jobs.

“The Liberal Democrats are the only party fully behind high speed rail lines to the North, with Tory ministers and Labour frontbenchers all hinting they will abandon them.

“And only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to devolve real power to communities across the North, South, East and West – giving people true control of their communities.”

With less than a week to go before polling day, West Yorkshire will see a flurry of last minute campaigning as the major parties contest marginal seats such as Pudsey and Elmet and Rothwell.