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Labour promise more powers to regions

Labour has promised to give more powers to cities outside London, to help close the north-south divide. In a speech today,

Ed Miliband said he'd give councils extra money to make their own decisions on issues such as transport and housing.

The Labour party have also said today that they'd bring back regional ministers to champion areas like Yorkshire and Lincolnshire within the government. The Tories are asking how Labour would pay for it, but Mr. Miliband says he's committed to making changes.

Former BNP MEP to stand down

Andrew Brons, the Yorkshire and Humber MEP is to stand down at the next election.

Andrew Brons (left)
Andrew Brons (left) Credit: Press Association

The former member of the British National Party has confirmed to reporters that he won't be running for a seat in the European Parliament in May. Mr Brons quit the BNP in 2012.

He says he now wants to remain politically active with his new party, the British Democratic Party.

Bust to commemorate Margaret Thatcher unveiled

In life she was considered a divisive politician, lauded by some, but blamed by many in our region for the demise of the mining industry.

But as the first anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's death approaches, a museum in her birthplace of Grantham has seen a renewed interest in her life and legacy.

As a new exhibition on the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain opens, Helen Steel went to meet a sculptor who wants to portray the Iron Lady in a positive light:

Thatcher sculpture to be unveiled in Grantham

Bronze Margaret Thatcher sculpture

A bronze bust of Margaret Thatcher will be unveiled at museum in her home town of Grantham today.

Designed by Lisa Hawker, the figure will join an exhibition dedicated to the former Prime Minister.

A condolence book, signed by more than 3,000 people, will also be on view to the public.

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'Laughter and tears' at Benn funeral service

Tony Benn's funeral service has now ended, following tributes from his family.

A number of attendees have tweeted following the ceremony:

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Beautiful service for Tony Benn, incredible eulogies from his children, ending with a defiant rendition of The Red Flag. #HeEncouragedUs

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Just left Tony Benn's funeral - laughs, tears and hugely inspiring. They should take it to the provinces, then do a run in the West End.

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Dean of St Margaret's said Tony Benn once asked a man what religion he was; - reply "lapsed atheist" http://t.co/OVVFsTwm66

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Tony Benn funeral: Crowds pay tribute to 'one-off MP'

Devoted crowds are waiting outside in Westminster as the funeral service of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn gets underway.

One banner describes the left-wing MP as "truly irreplacable", while another calls him "our Tony Benn".

One poster reads "his truth goes marching on".
One poster reads "his truth goes marching on". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Another describes Mr Benn as "a one off MP".
Another describes Mr Benn as "a one off MP". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Durham Miners Association hoist a flag in Westminster.
The Durham Miners Association hoist a flag in Benn's honour. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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Stephen Benn: 'Well Dad, you did encourage us'

Tony Benn's son paid a moving tribute to the former Labour MP at today's funeral service, praising his "encouragement and inspiration" for his family and many others.

In his eulogy at St Margaret's Church, Stephen Benn said the very last words his father heard were his four children telling him they loved him.

Listen to a segment of his speech here:

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