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New ‘Growth Deal’ for North Wales is Gaining Momentum

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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.

SOURCE: bbc.com