Dr John Sentamu challenged the Westminster establishment to start treating the North as “equals” as dozens of businesses bosses backed the joined initiative between rival newspaper publishers.
He told The Yorkshire Post: “There is more that unites us than can ever divide us, and this includes this compelling call for new action by our political leaders to tackle the social and economic inequality that exists here.
“And it means our national leaders answering this very important question – do they want the North to be a region with just a great past, or do they want the North to be a region with a future as bright as any other chapter in its history? For every community, every leader that forgets its memory becomes senile.
“The answer should be obvious. We have the people. We have the expertise. We are one North. We are proud of our diversity.
“But we need the tools. And we need our leaders in London to look us in the eye and treat us – and respect the North – as equals.”
“All of us want a North of England that is empowered; prosperous; fair; forward-looking and competitive in a global marketplace inside which there is enough opportunity for us all to share.
"There is no fear in love.
“What are our political leaders afraid of? Love us and help us to flourish. ‘The Northern Powerhouse’: Words! Words! Words! We are sick and tired of words. Please do the right thing.”