In 2030 the northern powerhouse will be run by the millennial generation. For the first time they and their successors will make up the majority of the electorate, and will form the overwhelming majority of the workforce: millennials (aged 22–37) and ‘Generation Z’ (aged 21 and younger) will be a political and economic force for change in the North and across the country.

This new generation must unlock northern potential much more effectively than their predecessors. They will have to meet significant new challenges, and seize new opportunities that arise.

To meet these challenges the North’s millennials need to push for devolution. In the 21st century, the country and the world will need the North’s assets more than ever before. Without devolution they will continue to be wasted, as they were throughout much of the 20th century.