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New ‘Growth Deal’ for North Wales is Gaining Momentum


The day after news broke of the Tata steel sale, new Welsh secretary Alun Cairns was not in Port Talbot or Mumbai.

Instead, he was chairing a meeting in Wrexham's Glyndwr University about a potential growth deal for north Wales. The secretary of state's choice of priorities was an indication of how serious he is about the plan.

But did the meeting – attended by 18 English and Welsh council leaders and business representatives – actually decide anything?

A Wales Office spokesman said: “The discussion made clear that any growth deal needs to be about more than transport infrastructure or a ‘wish list' – it must involve genuine devolution of powers.