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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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