Former chancellor says UK must build high-speed railways across northern England to avoid becoming ‘one-trick pony’

Theresa May must commit to George Osborne’s pet project aimed at bolstering northern England to avoid the UK becoming a “one-trick pony”, the former chancellor has said.

Osborne, who became the editor of the London Evening Standard after being sacked by May when she took office, called on the prime minister to back the “northern powerhouse” and build high-speed rail links across northern England. Failure to do so would risk allowing the capital to continue to grow faster than the rest of the country, he said.

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