These deals help cities and their wider areas make once in a generation changes that will be felt by everyone across their region. Letting go of power and money doesn't come naturally to Whitehall. Over time, the economic importance of other parts of the country has been devastatingly downplayed, as the economic elite have narrowed the debate towards a London-centric view. Rather than let our industries and communities wither, we need to free up cities outside of London that have their own unique selling points.
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A lot of dry weather around over the next few days, but not wall-to-wall sunshine and temperatures average at best
Hull City must beat Manchester United today and hope Newcastle drop points against West Ham to avoid relegation from the Premier League
A dry day with bright or sunny spells. Light winds.