Northern Powerhouse

Northern Powerhouse: New minister announced

Conservative MP Simon Clarke has been announced as the new Northern Powerhouse minister.

Simon Clarke and Boris Johnson
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He replaces former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry, who says he chose to leave the government after being offered a new role which he couldn't accept.

Mr Clarke (pictured above left), who is MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said he was "absolutely delighted" to have been asked to take up the role.

He said: "My focus will be on working with communities across the country to support our great Mayors and help create new devolution settlements for areas that don’t yet have them.

"We have a huge task ahead to deliver an era of urban regeneration and strong regional growth."

MP 'delighted' to lead regeneration of the North

Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry quit the Government amid Boris Johnson's reshuffle yesterday.

Without wasting any time, the PM has asked Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke to take over some of the role.

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