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GOVERNMENT DROPS PLANS FOR A 'NORTH SUMMIT'

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Plans for a 'north summit' of ministers, MPs, councillors, business and union leaders to hammer out a solution to t...
Plans for a 'north summit' of ministers, MPs, councillors, business and union leaders to hammer out a solution to the region's problems have been axed by ministers, according to The Journal.

The summit was aiming to address the case for the north and bring forward ways of tackling the region's economic plight. But the idea has been sheleved amid fear that it would lead to further damaging publicity about the north-south divide.

Instead, ministers will carry out a series of lower-key visits to the region this month and next.

Ronnie Campbell, chairman of the northern group of Labour MPs, said: 'A north summit would have been a good idea, but only if they could have come up with some proposals and wasn't just going to be a talking shop.'
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