Northern Powerhouse minister announces resignation

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Andrew Percy, Northern Powerhouse Minister and Goole MP has announced his resignation on Instagram.

Born in Hull, the politics graduate served as a city councillor and went on to secure the seat of Brigg and Goole for the Conservatives in 2010. Mr Percy has now stepped down to ” pursue other challenges” despite having increased his majority at the snap election.

Will Wragg, Conservative MP for Hazel Grove, said: “Andrew has done a fantastic job and I think he’s worked extremely hard in the role and I wish him all the best for the future.

“I know he’ll continue to work hard for the north of England. I don’t think the Northern Powerhouse is at risk – it’s an important role and the government has a commitment to the north regardless.”

“I know he’ll continue to work hard for the north of England. I don’t think the Northern Powerhouse is at risk – it’s an important role and the government has a commitment to the north regardless.”

Whilst appointed as Northern Powerhouse Minister, Percy had promised to campaign for a rail route linking Liverpool to Hull and in the Conservative manifesto, it was among pledges to keep the Northern Powerhouse project alive.

Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, a left-leaning think tank, said: “Ministers will come and go, but the weight of the North’s £300bn economy continues to gather momentum despite Westminster whims.

“In the North, the votes in 2015, 2016 and 2017 have one thing in common – northerners have each time snubbed the ‘Westminster option’. Miliband, Remain and now Theresa May were rejected by Northern voters who want to see real change.

“Now more than ever, we need a Council of the North in a new federal UK, able to make vital decisions for itself such as on international trade and economic development, and to give a voice to the North during Brexit negotiations.”