“The general election result will give us a majority government for 4 or 5 years - and welcome stability.
"The rise of Conservatism in the North will mean a very different set of priorities to traditional Conservatism and a greater focus on inclusion and a different economic shape of our country. Sajid Javid's manifesto pledges will mean a big step up in infrastructure spending nationally, although day to day spending will remain tight. The big question remains as to whether our region gets its fair share, given the creaking state of much of our infrastructure.
"The precise outcome of Brexit will remain uncertain, but this will not be because of UK politics, but due to the nature of UK-EU negotiations and what we want our future relationship to look like.
"We congratulate all our local MPs who have been re-elected and welcome those who take their seats for the first time. We look forward to working with them to ensure that our region's businesses continue to thrive and contribute to growing prosperity for our people.”