THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition calling for the north of England to be part of Scotland.
The campaign was relaunched by “Stu Dent”, from Sheffield, following the General Election results, which saw a majority government formed by the Conservatives.
The petition calls on “New Scotland” to include Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield and is just 4,000 signatures short of its target of 15,000.
On the petition page, the campaigner said: “The deliberations in Westminster are becoming increasingly irrelevant to the north of England.
“The northern cities feel far greater affinity with their Scottish counterparts such as Glasgow and Edinburgh than with the ideologies of the London-centric south.
“The needs and challenges of the north cannot be understood by the endless parade of old Etonions lining the frontbenches of the House of Commons.
“The north of England should join the newly independent Scotland and regain control over its own destiny.
“We, the people of the north, demand that in the event that Scotland becomes independent the border between England and the New Scotland be drawn along a line that runs between the River Dee and the mouth of The Humber.”
The petition, which was first launched before last year’s independence referendum, has made the headlines again in the north of England due to its popularity.
Some regional newspaper website polls are suggesting overwhelming support for the idea since last week’s election.