BOLTON West MP Chris Green has pledged to ensure the town gets its fair share of extra government cash for the North of England.

He was responding to Boris Johnson's weekend speech in Manchester promising his new administration would upgrade its commitment to the region.

The new Prime MInister announced the acceleration of work on a new high-speed rail route between Manchester and Leeds and a £3.6 billion Towns Fund to support an initial 100 in getting improved transport and broadband connections.

He highlighted the promotion of Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry to Minister of State rank attending Cabinet as showing this commitment.

Mr Green said: "I welcome that the Prime Minister has pledged to deliver for towns across the north and I will fight to ensure Bolton shares in the promised economic boost.

“Boris’s speech was very positive. He talked about giving more powers to council leaders and communities, which is good news for Bolton as our Conservative Council Leader David Greenhalgh will be better placed to work directly with the government to ensure Bolton is not left out of any key announcements to benefit our towns and cities."

Mr Johnson pledged his full commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail.