Government hid details of Northern Powerhouse minister’s visits to the north

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Government hid details of Northern Powerhouse minister’s visits to the north

Two years and £40,000 was spent hiding how little James Wharton travelled to the north of England in his role

The government has spent two years and £40,000 of taxpayers’ money trying to hide how little the Northern Powerhouse minister visited the north of England in his role, in what one prominent northern figure called “a blatant disregard for the principles of democratic accountability”.

In February 2016 the Guardian submitted a freedom of information (FOI) request to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) asking how regularly James Wharton, who had then been Northern Powerhouse minister for just over six months, travelled outside London.

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