Today was the final day for resubmissions of LEP bids for Lancashire. Speaking to both ministers responsible tonight there have been two. Pennine and Lancashire County Council.
Pennine Lancashire's proposal is the only one that covers the whole of Lancashire with a complete two LEP solution, comprehensively covering all the people in Lancashire unlike the County's proposal.
The minister was troubled by the level of opposition to the County's bid and the rumours of 'skullduggery' and political meetings reported in the press seem to have hampered the LCC bid.
Today the minister received representation from Hyndburn Council via the mayor's office, Blackburn and Burnley Council' making the case for a Pennine LEP. Pendle, like Hyndburn, has confirmed that that is its position despite a minority Conservative adminsitration's change of political view.
Public outrage at being sold down 'the river of political gai'n has surfaced in response to the article in the Lancashire Telegraph. I am confident that if the County cannot find an agreeable and acceptable solution with the East Lancashire M65 authorities, then the a two LEP solution is the way forward.
I am very confident we will have a Pennine Lancashire LEP.