Lancashire has to start punching its weight if it is to compete with northern cities for powers and responsibilities.
That’s the stark warning leaders have issued in the light of George Osborne’s devolution pledge for the north of England.
In the wake of the government’s plans for a Northern Powerhouse, politicians fear the county is at risk of being left behind other areas in terms of control over its destiny, as Greater Manchester is already set for powers around housing, transport and planning.
Today the Lancashire Evening Post is issuing a rallying cry for the county to rival major northern cities like Manchester and Liverpool.
We are launching a three-day special, looking at what Lancashire has to do to compete on the national stage.
We will meet the new faces representing Lancashire at Westminster who are determined to stand up against the “grey men in grey suits”, and speak to the former Runshaw College pupil tipped to take on the biggest job in politics.
Today, we reveal the challenges facing the county, and how political and business leaders propose to navigate through them.
Read more on today’s Northern Powerhouse series here