More cities could have elected mayors.
After the idea for Greater Manchester was revealed earlier this week, the chancellor George Osborne indicated Birmingham could follow.
It led to Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman questioning why it had taken Mr Osborne four-and-a-half years to raise the “northern powerhouse” idea.
He noted Yorkshire was a “bit canny”, adding he was worried it was raised with the general election in mind.
While he noted there is support from Yorkshire for the idea, Mr Sheerman also asked: “Where’s the money coming from? I haven’t seen, we haven’t seen any resources for it.”
Mr Osborne replied: “We have already made investments over the last four years in things like the northern hub and the electrification of the TransPennine railway which, of course, would help your constituency.
“I welcome your support for the northern powerhouse.
“This agreement with Greater Manchester was an agreement struck with Labour leaders of Manchester councils as well as the Conservative leader of Trafford and indeed the Liberal Democrat leader of Stockport, so I would want to work across party divides with local Labour civic leaders and indeed local Labour MPs to see what we can do for Huddersfield and other towns in the North of England so they’re connected to the northern powerhouse.”
The Chancellor told the Commons he was open to discussions with any metropolitan area wishing to follow Manchester’s lead.