Nick Clegg to hold economic summit for the North

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to hold an economic summit on ways northern cities can work together to grow the region’s economy.

The Sheffield Hallam MP, pictured right, is supporting the Northern Futures project and calling for people to come forward with ideas about how the North can grow.

He will hold an economic summit in autumn to debate the best ideas, with details due to be announced later.

He said: “The fact is that in a global economy our northern cities aren’t just competing with other locations in the south, east or west of England. They’ve also got to rank against global cities like Frankfurt, Lyon, Bangalore and Chengdu for investment.

“We’ve got to be realistic that the best ideas aren’t going to come from Whitehall. Nobody knows more about what local economies need than the people who actually live and work day in and day out in the communities themselves.

“I’m launching the next phase in our drive to generate the best ideas for stronger local growth with our new Northern Futures Project.

“It’s time for us to put aside outdated local rivalries. As we’ve seen with the Local Enterprise Partnerships in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester, united we’re stronger.”

n Anyone who has an idea for what the Government should be doing to support growth in the north and the ‘northern hub’ plans can email