Weakling Wharton

The minister responsible for the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has attempted to play down the death of the steel industry on Teesside as a “tragic distraction” from the government’s agenda.

The remark on the closure of the SSI steel plant — with the loss of at least 1,700 jobs — is the latest in a series of gaffes by the Thatcherite, whose own constituency is affected by the crisis:

Wharton was slammed by another local MP for his speech at the ‘Northern Powerhouse Breakfast’ in Durham this morning — with claims that he hadn’t even bothered to mentioned the steel industry:

Scrapbook hears McDonald walked out of the meeting in disgust.

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