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Labour to launch local election campaign with devolution pledge

Labour is launching its 2015 local election campaign today with a devolution pledge to give Yorkshire £30 billion of funding from Whitehall over five years.

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The party says the deal will 'enable the creation of economic powerhouses in every region, backed by new freedoms.'

Senior Shadow Cabinet members will sign a covenant with Labour local government leaders over plans to deliver a new devolution deal for England, later today.



Rotherham MP to repay £17 poppy wreath claim

A Rotherham MP is due to repay £17 in expenses for a poppy wreath.

Labour backbencher Sarah Champion Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Labour backbencher, Sarah Champion, has admitted the claim on Remembrance Day last year should "never have been made".

It was paid by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority despite reimbursement for such items being banned under the rules.

The details came out in the latest run of MP's expenses released by the watchdog last week.

Labour about to choose new candidate for Bradford West

Labour announces plans to increase paternity leave

The Labour leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has today announced plans to increase paternity leave and pay should his party come to power in May's election. The proposals though have been met with criticism from small businesses, who say it would only add to the financial burden many are already facing. But Mr Miliband has defended his plans. insisting the changes are necessary. Here's Martin Fisher

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