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Burnham says government left Manchester £1bn short

Mr Burnham has written to the chancellor insisting Manchester needs greater resources Credit: PA

Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has accused the government of leaving the city short of £1 billion in public funding.

Mr Burnham, who plans to run for mayor of what the Tories claim will be a Northern powerhouse, has written to Chancellor George Osborne insisting more resources are needed.

According to a report in The Observer, Mr Burnham wrote:

Far from fixing our roof while the sun was shining, you are about to hand over the keys to a powerhouse with a £1 billion hole in it.

If you want to give the North more than a clever slogan, you must now put your money where your mouth is.

– Andy Burnham

He claimed the shortfall is made up of a reduction in the central government grant to Manchester, NHS deficits, and cuts to public services such as the police.

A government spokesman said: "The Northern powerhouse is a long-term strategy which is giving real power to the great cities and counties of the North West.

"The work to ensure that the North becomes a powerhouse for our economy again is not even two years old, but the reality is Manchester is already seeing early progress."

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Russian athletes from London Olympics test positive for doping

The results come after samples were retested Credit: Reuters

Re-tests of samples from eight Russian athletes who took part in the 2012 Olympics in London have tested positive for doping, the Russian Olympic Committee has said.

The committee said in a statement on its website that the International Olympic Committee had informed it of the positive doping results.

It did not reveal the names of the eight sports people but said they participated in three different types of sport.

Earlier in the week Russia announced that 14 of its athletes from the 2008 Beijing Olympics had tested positive for doping after their samples were re-tests.

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