Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calls on young people to help solve North-South divide

The Deputy Prime Minister has urged 16 to 24-year-olds to take part in debate on tackling the North/South divide

Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

The Deputy Prime Minister has urged young people in the region to help tackle the North-South divide.

Nick Clegg is inviting 16 to 24-year-olds to have their say as part of the Northern Futures project launched by the Lib Dem leader earlier this year.

The young people with the best plans will get to pitch their idea to the Deputy Prime Minister and a panel of experts at his Northern Futures Summit on November 6.

Mr Clegg said: “The aim of the project is to help the North compete with major economic regions across the world.

“Nobody knows more about what local economies need than the people who actually live there. And nobody has a greater stake in a region’s future than its young people.

“So instead of dictating policy from Whitehall, we’re putting the ball in their court. I want young people to help us understand how we can make the North of England prosper and grow.”

Entrants can propose whatever idea they think will help the North of England grow and thrive in a global market, but proposals could include boosting businesses and create more opportunities for young people and how to make the most of the North’s universities.

Last week, the Deputy Prime Minister called for a decade of devolution in the North – no matter how Scotland votes on Thursday.

With four days to go until Scotland goes to the polls, a report published on Friday by Newcastle-based think tank IPPR North set out a master plan to shift powers held in Whitehall to the major cities and counties of England.

The 10-year timetable for a federal government in England sets out a road map to devolve powers over the North’s economy, education, work, housing, transport, criminal justice, probation and the police.

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