Huddersfield's outspoken MP Barry Sheerman is standing by his strong comments about “parasites”.
The veteran Labour MP has sparked a social media storm over his comments regarding the so-called Northern Powerhouse.
He claimed people in the South of England “live parasitically” on the efforts of the North, and urged the Government to “stop patronising” people over its Northern Powerhouse project.
Last night there was both support and criticism over Mr Sheerman’s forceful views.
But the man himself is unrepentant.
“We have always been a powerhouse in the north and people have to realise that.
“The manufacturers of this region create much of the wealth for this country. We have the world’s finest pottery from Stoke, the world’s finest textiles from Huddersfield and West Yorkshire, and the country’s top engineers.
“But it seems we are still patronised by people like George Osborne over the Northern Powerhouse project.
“I want them to stop that attitude and appreciate what we have in the north”.
An Examiner online poll asking if people agreed with Mr Sheerman backed the MP.
Do you agree with Barry?
What you said on Facebook
Stuart Clarke: Some might say that parliament is full of parasites living off the efforts of others.
Steve Lufc Waterhouse: 83% think hes right. taxes in yorkshire have helped pay for london projects such as cross rail, olympic stadium, millenium dome etc and they wont even help leeds englands third largest city finance a better transport system
Kieran Kinder: Yorkshire has a larger economy than Scotland employs more people has more residents so yes southern parasites are feasting on our success by using taxes and revenue taken from Yorkshire to fund infrastructure and building down south.
Bill Caroline Blackburn: Barry’s a real Yorkshireman then? No - a real true Yorkshireman speaks his mind but with fairness and objectivity. Time to take your extremely beneficial pension Barry and join Blair on the after dinner speaking circuit!
James Smith: Parasites is a strong word but have to agree Yorkshire doesn’t get the investment that other parts off the uk receive.
Dezra Davies: I cannot believe that MP’s are what we think of as well educated people who we put our trust in then we find out they are really uneducated pigs who should never be allowed to speak in public.