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Mr Peel comes over Foreign Secretary

What on earth? Here's The Big Issue’s 50 'most influential' northerners.

Published on October 23rd 2010.

Mr Peel comes over Foreign Secretary

Peel Group founder John Whittaker is the most influential northerner, according to The Big Issue in the North's first 50 Most Influential Northerners list, published in the magazine on Monday.

Editor Kevin Gopal said the list picked out individuals who had the ‘greatest bearing on our lives in the north.’

Ken McMeikan of Greggs (right)

“So we chose to look at influence, which is a broad term covering economic clout, political power, cultural impact and more, including who we talk about round the water cooler."

Whittaker comes over Co-op chief Peter Marks and foreign secretary William Hague. Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese (15) is deemed more influential than his chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein (31), and the owner of Gregg, Ken McMeikan, beats Labour leader Ed Milliband (46).

Manchester Utd captain Rio Ferdinand charts at 24 and former athlete Brendan Foster makes an appearance at 42. The list features eight women.

To be in the running for the top 50, individuals did not have to be from the north, but needed a base in the north. Chancellor George Osborne is included due to his Cheshire Tatton constituency.“The results make fascinating reading and say a lot about life in our region,” said Gopal. “But they throw up as many questions as answers. How come there are so few women and people from ethnic minorities?”

Here at Confidential we’re not entirely sure about the list – Peter Kay more influential than the city’s chief executive?

Phil Redmond

Here's the list – what do you think?

1. John Whittaker, Peel Group

2. Peter Marks, Chief Executive, Co-operative Group

3. William Hague, Foreign Secretary

4. Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive, Greggs

5. Paul Walker, former Chief Executive, Sage Group

6. Ross Warburton, Director, Warburtons

7. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Minister without Portfolio

8. Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, Deputy Chair, Regional Growth Fund andChairman, Port of Tyne

9. Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

10. Frank Field, Birkenhead MP

11. Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

12. Duke of Westminster, Grosvenor Group

13. Trevor Mann, Senior vice-president, Nissan Group

14. Gary Hoffman, Northern Rock

15. Sir Richard Leese, Leader Manchester City Council

16. Sir John Zochonis, Philanthropist

17. Simon Moran, SJM Concerts

18. Tom Bloxham, Founder Urban Splash

19. Peter Stephenson, Chairman, Able UK

20. Phil Redmond, TV producer

21. Amir Khan, Boxer

22. Martin Ainscough, Property Developer

23. Baroness Margaret Eaton, Chair, Local Government Association

24. Rio Ferdinand, Footballer

25. Jessica Ennis, Athlete

26. George Osborne, Chancellor and Tatton MP

27. Peter Kay, Comedian

28. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

29. Edwin Booth, Chairman, EH Booth & Co

30. Fred Done, Bookmaker

31. Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive Manchester City Council

32. Sir Alex Ferguson, Manager Manchester United

33. Alistair Balls, Chair, Centre for Life

34. Mumtaz Khan, Founder, Mumtaz Food Industries

35. James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool

36. Dorothy Thompson, Chief Executive, Drax Group

37. John Timpson, Chief Executive, Timpson

38. Linda Pollard, Deputy Chair, Yorkshire Forward

39. Brian Cox, Scientist

40. David Colin-Thorne, National Clinical Director for Primary Care

41. Gee Walker, Anti-racism campaigner

2. Brendan Foster, Founder Great North Run

43. Jimmy McGovern, TV Writer/Producer

44. Alan Bennett, Writer

45. Janet Hemmingway, Director, School of Tropical Medicine

46. Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition

47. Andrew Stunnell, Communities Minister

48. Sir Mark Elder, Music Director, the Halle

49. Nigel Haworth, Chef

50. Guy Garvey, Singer

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

TrickyOctober 22nd 2010.

Er....so the head of Peel is more influential than the Foreign Secretary? What a mad list. Where the Big Issue people taking drugs along with their clients?

Eddy RheadOctober 22nd 2010.

God help us.

AnonymousOctober 22nd 2010.

What or whom do these shining lights influence exactly?

EARL OF DIDSBURYOctober 23rd 2010.

Crap list from a crap magazine sold by people who make hundreds of pounds each week and pretend to be poor !

CheesemanOctober 23rd 2010.

Absolutely ludicrous waste of space that I can't understand. How can a man who runs Gregg's be more influential than the deputy prime minister. How does he, or Rio, or almost all the rest of them influence me. Er especially when I prefer Sayers.

Pete WoffendenOctober 23rd 2010.

Earl of Disbury: No dispute with you on the crap list argument but what follows is Clarkson level stupidity quite frankly.

EARL OF DIDSBURYOctober 23rd 2010.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Don't like these comments Earl of Didsbury. If you put provable stuff up and use a bit of wit, I'll keep them, but not this blind generalised prejudice.

D KesslerOctober 23rd 2010.

What about your royals, Earl? Sarah Fergusson taking half a million quid for making contact. FACT! Get your royal house in order before you slag off the vunerable homeless, duffus!

Comic ReliefOctober 23rd 2010.

Love it how Bloxham paid to get in the list...where are the Chuckle Bros?

CALLING MR RIGHTOctober 23rd 2010.

EDITORIALLY DELETED because of it's utter irrelevance to this story

J E SibberingOctober 23rd 2010.

Since when did having a base in the North make you a Northerner? I object on the grounds that I don't want any Southern Softies claiming any of our up Northern-ness.

By this rule Shrek and Freddie Flintoff are a Barbardians, Ricky Hatton's Turkish, Lesley Garrett's French and Mick Hucknall is Italian. Actually, I'm quite happy if Italy wants to keep the ginger one. Not because of his hair colour though.

AnonymousOctober 23rd 2010.

What an absurd list.

We've got the bosses of the little old Co-op, Greggs and Warburtons in there but Sir Terry Leahy, boss of the giant Tesco and a Liverpudlian is nowhere to be seen.

J E SibberingOctober 23rd 2010.

He must have moved darn sarf then anon, so he's ineligible-ible.

I rest my case.

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