MP Stuart Andrew has been announced as the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party in charge of cities.

Mr Andrew, who represents Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, said he was now looking forward to helping turn the vision of the northern powerhouse into a reality.

He added: "I am proud to have been chosen as the Vice Chairman of the Party I have supported since I was young.

"I am looking forward to being able to meet with lots of Party Members and Conservative Associations. With the Party placing such an emphasis on developing cities, I am pleased to be leading on this area of work. I have always been passionate about delivering greater power to cities and ensuring that parties understand the reality of what it is like to grow up in cities, which can sometimes see real disparities in certain areas.

"The Party has been key in devolving more powers to our cities and initiatives like the northern powerhouse and midlands engine show how serious we are about helping our cities be world leaders. I look forward to helping to make this vision a reality."