Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls has added his support to calls for the north of England to be given its fair share of government cash for road repairs.
Department for Transport figures reveal that councils in the north have missed out on £125 million of government cash for road repairs in the last three years.
Councils, including Leeds City Council and WakefieldDistrict, received on average 15 per cent less per head of population compared with councils in the south of England since the start of 2011.
Mr Balls said:“Some of our local roads are in a shocking state.
“For some time I’ve been calling for investment to repair them, to get our construction workers back to work and help our struggling economy to grow.
“Now we learn that not only has road investment been lacking, but drivers in the Morley area and across Leeds have been shortchanged in favour of those living further south. That’s not on. The government should be giving areas like ours their fair share.”
In a recent survey of 35,000 people across his Morley and Outwood constituency, Mr Balls said potholes and the state of local roads were raised as problems by many local people.