CREWE and Nantwich MP Gwyneth Dunwoody has a new ally in her fight to halt plans for a North West regional assembly.
Her support has come from an unlikely source - Eveleigh Moore Dutton, the Conservative who is standing against her in the next General Election.
Mrs Moore Dutton backs Mrs Dunwoody when she says the regional power base will bring little benefit.
She said: 'I would like to do something that may surprise a few people, and may even anger some. I would like to offer a few kind words to my political rival.
'Gwyneth Dunwoody has committed herself to opposing the new Regional Government for the North West of England, and I welcome this because I wholeheartedly support her stance.'
Mrs Moore Dutton said the process of creating a regional assembly for the North West would sweep away existing successful local authorities and replace them with others 'yet to be dreamed up'.
She said: 'If the Government wastes all this money on a needless, pointless rearrangement of local authorities, when important matters are ignored, then the electorate will not forgive them.
'The Deputy Prime Minister may dream of a government in the North West, but the price is too high and the assembly he dreams of will not deliver any of the promises implied by its enthusiasts.
'In October you will have the chance to vote against this daft idea. Don't waste the opportunity.'