North needs a figurehead like Salmond

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The North of England needs an Alex Salmond-type figure to win more powers, funding and inward investment as it increasingly finds itself competing against Scotland, a new report has claimed.

A paper published today by the IPPR think-tank highlighted the success of Mr Salmond - Scotland’s First Minister - in securing investment for the devolved nation, both from Westminster and from multinational firms.

It said the North would benefit from a similar spokesperson who could champion its cause, and should seek to capitalise on Scotland’s own devolution agenda to seek new powers from Whitehall.


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