Here’s a good read from Heather Stewart, political editor at the Guardian. She reports that former chancellor, George Osborne, could lobby old department on behalf of new government-backed body that will press for devolution.
Source: George Osborne to chair Northern Powerhouse Partnership | Politics | The Guardian
Although I was not a fan of Osborne as Chancellor, I respect his immense drive, energy and political acumen. He is also still young. If Osborne furthers the Northern Powerhouse, he could widen his political appeal and possibly even become a conviction politician.
With Labour in the wilderness because of Corbyn, Osborne has the whole of middle England to play for. If Osborne can turn the fortunes of Northern England, he’ll become a popular hero.