Morley MP questions PM on devolution

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The MP for Morley and Outwood questioned the Prime Minister on Wednesday for the third time since her election in May.

Speaking on devolution, Andrea Jenkyns told the Prime Minister about Stanley-based TopicUK, which provides publishing services to Chambers of Commerce in the area.

She asked the PM: “When does the Prime Minister hope to see a metro mayor in our area, and how will devolution stimulate growth for businesses like this in the region?”

The PM said: “There is a real opportunity in this parliament to make some decisive steps towards rebalancing our economy and building the Northern Powerhouse that we have spoken about. A big part of that is devolving power to local government and, specifically, to mayors who can be accountable to their local communities and have new powers and new resources to drive economic growth in their areas. This is a very exciting development for genuine decentralisation in our country. I very much hope West Yorkshire will be in the vanguard.”