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What is the Northern Powerhouse?

According to the previous Chancellor George Osborne, Treasury figures suggested that if the northern economy grew in line with the rest of the UK over the next 18 years, it would be worth an additional £44bn in real terms.

That is the equivalent of over £1,600 for each person living in the north.

The hope is to redress the North-South economic imbalance, and to attract investment into northern cities and towns.

A major part of the deal involves devolution - elected mayors with extra funding to promote economic investment and to make decisions about services such as planning and transport.

Not everyone thinks that the Northern Powerhouse will, or can, provide tangible benefits for the north.

The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, the MP for Westmoreland and Lonsdale, recently described the Northern Powerhouse as 'smoke and mirrors'.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"The Northern Powerhouse - giving a boost to the North's economy and giving people more of a say over where they live - is a great idea. To become reality, the Conservatives must match their fancy rhetoric with hard cash.

"The North of England urgently needs investment to support growth and jobs. Rather than continued cuts to local government funding, the government should be investing in transport infrastructure and broadband.

"Unless the government gives proper funding to the Northern Powerhouse, it will remain a grand title with no substance and voters in the North will continue to feel neglected by this Conservative government."

– Tim Farron MP, Liberal Democrat leader.
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Theresa May arrives in Scotland to meet First Minister

Theresa May greeted Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she arrived in Edinburgh on Friday.

The prime minister is to hold a meeting with Sturgeon to show her commitment to preserving the "special union" of the UK, she said ahead of her visit.

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon are to discuss post-Brexit UK.

Last month, Mrs Sturgeon said a second independence referendum was "highly likely" after the UK voted to leave the European Union.


David Mundell remains Secretary of State for Scotland

David Mundell Credit: PA

David Mundell has retained his position as Secretary of State for Scotland, following the new Prime Minister's cabinet shuffle.

Theresa May has so far dismissed several prominent conservatives from the cabinet, including George Osborne, Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan.

Mundell had previously expressed his belief that Theresa May 'will be an excellent Prime Minister':

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University award for former Carlisle MP

Former Carlisle MP Eric Martlew Credit: ITV Border

Former Carlisle MP Eric Martlew will be given an honorary fellowship by the University of Cumbria today.

He represented the area in Parliament for more than 20 years before standing down at the 2010 General Election.

Mr Martlew will be presented with the award in recognition of his outstanding and lifelong contribution to public service at Carlisle Cathedral.

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