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Osborne announces South Yorkshire devolution deal

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the Sheffield city region which includes South Yorkshire and parts of North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire will have an elected mayor as part of a big money devolution deal.

If all goes as he hopes, from 2017 the area will vote for a directly-elected Mayor who will oversee a range of powers including transport budgets and planning.

Crucially it will give the area access to almost a billion pounds of Government money.

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UKIP distance themselves from Katie Hopkins Aylan Kurdi comments

UKIP have moved to distance themselves from comments made by Katie Hopkins at their conference in Doncaster.

Controversial Hopkins claimed that a photo of drowned refugee boy, Aylan Kurdi was 'staged':


Katie Hopkins: Photo of washed up Aylan was 'staged'

Television commentator and UKIP supporter, Katie Hopkins, has courted controversy at the party's conference in Doncaster.

The outspoken personality told ITV Calendar's Political Correspondent, Paul Brand, that the recent photo of a 3-year-old refugee's body that washed up on a beach was 'staged'.

UKIP prepare for annual conference

On the eve of UKIP's two-day annual conference at Doncaster Racecourse, Nigel Farage says his party's failure to win any of the predicted seats in our region at the General Election in May doesn't matter because they and all Euro-sceptics got the prize of a referendum on Europe. He says he and his party will now be campaigning to persuade the public to vote to quit the EU.

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