Political foes David Cameron and Julie Dore found common ground during a meeting at 10 Downing Street - on the pressing need for the HS2 high speed rail link.
Sheffield’s council leader delivered a petition in support of the project along with top councillors from a number of cities in the north and the Midlands.
HS2 faces stiff opposition from some Conservative MPS, while national Labour leaders have also gone cool on the project due to escalating costs.
The Prime Minister said he was very pleased to welcome Coun Dore to Number 10.
“Although she’s from a different party to me, we’re both in agreement on this - a high speed north-south railway is vital for the future of Sheffield,” he said.
“This shouldn’t be about politics – it’s something we can all support. This new railway will bring huge benefits to Sheffield. It’ll attract new businesses, create jobs and add almost a billion pounds to the economy. It’ll link our cities up and ease congestion. Put simply, if it’s easier and quicker to get here, firms are more likely to set up shop.
“The only people who don’t get this are Ed Miliband and Ed Balls. It’s time to stop the bickering and get this railway built.”