PM pledge to Leeds as great city

Theresa May says she wants Leeds to prosper as one of the North's great cities.
Theresa May says she wants Leeds to prosper as one of the North's great cities.
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THE PRIME MINISTER wants Leeds to prosper as one of the “great cities” of the North and today has committed to helping it reach its potential.

Writing in a letter to the YEP, Theresa May said she wants the North to prosper and will drive forwards innovation, jobs and skills in Yorkshire as a whole.

She said: “There is no doubt that Yorkshire is on the rise. Compared to 2010, there are now 137,000 more jobs here and 50,000 more small businesses.

“There are big investments happening across the county, like the massive regeneration projects around Victoria Gate and the South Bank in Leeds, and the renewal of the centre of Bradford.

“Across the North as a whole, inward investment has rocketed by 127 per cent in the last two years alone. That’s even faster than in London and the South, and shows how international investors increasingly recognise the North’s strengths.

“But there is much more to do – and together with people in Yorkshire this government will take the next steps to drive this county forward.”

Her support for the Northern Powerhouse should silence critics concerned she wanted to axe the former Chancellor’s flagship policy.

Mrs May has previously said she wanted to extend the Northern Powerhouse plan to all parts of the UK, which some felt diluted its original purpose in fuelling northern economic regeneration.

She said: “Yorkshire is a key part of our vision for a Northern Powerhouse – our plan to help the great cities and towns of the north pool their strengths and take on the world.”

She pledged to get behind Yorkshire’s innovators and entrepreneurs and reiterated their backing for the Royce Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Leeds and University of Sheffield.