The Northern Agenda / Our demand for the government to keep its rail promises | Philip Davies & Susan Hinchcliffe on Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 in Bradford

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Episode notes

In a special edition of The Northern Agenda podcast, Rob Parsons and Dan O'Donoghue look at how the big newspapers of the North are demanding for the government to keep its rail promises.

Rob chats to the Manchester Evening News political editor Jennifer Williams about the big rail campaign from Reach's northern titles - and the "not very encouraging" rumours about the government's Integrated Rail Plan.

Dan speaks to Shipley MP Philip Davies about why he thinks HS2 should be "sacrificed" in order to make sure rail projects, like Northern Powerhouse Rail, are kept alive to fix the North's poor transport infrastructure. The Tory politician also gives his view on whether MPs should be able to take on second jobs.

Rob also talks to Susan Hinchcliffe, the leader of Bradford Council, about why she wants the Yorkshire city to become "the heart of the North" by being connected through HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, and other transport investments.

And local democracy reporter Joseph Timan discusses five things we should know about the politics in Salford, including its leftwing leadership, its social housing campaign, and the differences between its booming investment and stark levels of deprivation.

The Northern Agenda podcast is presented by Rob Parsons and Dan O'Donoghue, and it is produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin. It is a Laudable production for Reach.

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