Scotland and northern England co-operation would bring ‘a better world’

Better Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has referred to as for extra co-operation between the north of England and Scotland, saying any transfer to take selections with out Westminster involvement would result in “a greater world”.

In an interview with the Sunday Mail, Mr Burnham mentioned there have been “a number of alternatives” for the north of England and Scotland to work collectively.

He mentioned: “There’s additionally a number of alternative for collaboration the place Scotland and the north might be working collectively to create jobs, enhance our housing inventory and ensure kids aren’t residing in chilly, damp properties.”

Mr Burnham was elected mayor in 2017 after standing down as Labour MP for Leigh in Better Manchester, a seat he had held since 2001.

Broadly tipped as a future Labour Occasion chief, Burnham ran twice, dropping to Ed Miliband in 2010 and Jeremy Corbyn in 2015.

However he says for now he’s now extra enthusiastic about working instantly with the Scottish Authorities after assembly SNP First Minister Humza Yousaf earlier this week.

Mr Burnham mentioned: “I’m eager to speak to him concerning the reindustrialisation of Scotland and the north of England through internet zero.

“It is a real alternative however on the UK-level it’s more and more clear that there’s a determined and nasty try and make the subsequent election a extremely divisive tradition battle.”

Humza Yousaf met with Andy Burnham earlier this week (Jane Barlow/PA)

The Better Manchester mayor additionally talked concerning the state of British politics and mentioned the appropriate will attempt to divide individuals by “going after the bottom frequent denominator”.

Mr Burnham added: “We’ve hit a degree the place the nation is essentially damaged.

“I’m certain it’s the identical in Scotland. There may be sewage on the seashores and within the rivers, trains don’t run correctly, individuals can’t afford to warmth their houses on a standard wage – it’s chaotic and wishes to alter.”

Hitting out on the “Westminster system”, Mr Burnham mentioned the north of England will “by no means be equal” to the remainder of the UK if the present construction stays.

Earlier this week at an Edinburgh Fringe occasion, Mr Burnham mentioned the parliamentary whip system might be scrapped.

He additionally agreed with Scottish Labour chief Anas Sarwar on scrapping the two-child profit cap, calling it an “immoral coverage”.

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has drawn criticism for suggesting that eradicating the two-child profit cap wouldn’t be a precedence for his social gathering in authorities.

Mr Burnham mentioned: “The 2-child coverage is inflicting actual hardship – it’s driving little one poverty and homelessness.

“I perceive the place Keir is coming from as a result of it’s not simply the two-child cap, you could have the advantages cap total, the two-child coverage and the freeze on native housing allowance, and it’s the impact of all these items collectively that’s actually brutal and appalling.

“The Conservatives take this powerful line on advantages as a result of they need it to be a wedge situation. George Osborne launched the two-child cap to divide individuals – it was an immoral coverage.”

Nevertheless, Mr Burnham mentioned governments needed to be aware of spending commitments.

He added: “I don’t assume there may be as a lot of a divide as individuals say between Scottish and UK Labour on this.

“I’ve been in authorities and I do know you possibly can’t simply go round making commitments with out correctly saying how they are going to be paid for.”

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