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Responding to the Autumn Statement, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said it placed on record the "abject failure of the last six wasted years" with growth and deficit targets slashed.
He said it offers "no hope for the future."
As part of a Department for Transport study on five strategic roads, the government has announced a large part of the A66 will become a dual carriageway.
The road in part follows the course of the Roman road from Scotch Corner to Penrith, which has stretches of single carriageway, and is considered one of the most dangerous highways in the country.
Broadband speed and reliability remain a problem in many areas of the region but there are hopes the £1billion for faster broadband announced in the chancellor's autumn statement may make a difference.
However, there are hundreds of rural businesses that rely more and more on the internet to grow and maintain their operation, and who don't believe that today's announcement will help them:
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