It contributes a tidy £6.75 billion in GVA to the national economy each year as a net contributor to Treasury coffers.
The last in our series: how the 2017 generation of winners from Labour, increased their majorities.
Amidst the gathering leadership election debate, there is a lack of focus on who such voters are and where they live.
Her bid to woo Labour Commons votes for a Brexit deal is part of a wider gambit.
But more money and powers need to be given directly to the North to drive further progress.
A running list of the current Members of Parliament, of all parties, who aren’t seeking to stand again.