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900 Phones 4u jobs saved in deal

Phones 4u has gone into administration Credit: PA

Nearly 900 jobs at collapsed retail chain Phones 4u were saved tonight after network operator Vodafone struck a deal to buy 140 stores.

However, administrator PwC said it had failed to prevent 628 redundancies among head office and telesales staff at Phones 4u's Staffordshire offices.

PwC is continuing talks with other parties regarding the purchase of assets and said it planned to retain a further 400 head office staff to assist with its work.

It will release details of the 140 stores in the Vodafone deal on Monday.

Leicester boss weary of Man Utd 'swagger' on Sunday

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson Credit: PA

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson feels Manchester United have got their "swagger" back ahead of their Premier League clash on Sunday.

The Foxes chief admits Louis van Gaal's side are starting to click after they kick-started their season last week.

A 4-0 Premier League win over QPR was their first victory of the season under Van Gaal after a troubled start which saw them lose to Swansea and suffer a 4-0 humiliation at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

But Pearson insisted United have begun their road to recovery ahead of their clash at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

He said: "United look like they have a swagger back, they have added quality. Whenever there is a change in manager you can have people who have a short-term impact.

"When you have someone in charge for as long as Sir Alex (Ferguson) the transition period will never be easy.

"They have been a huge presence within the English game for a long time. I'm sure they will reignite that at some point.

"The scrutiny and build up to games like this would suggest there is an awful lot at stake. That in itself can bring different pressures.

"We have to get our preparation right and try and not get too wrapped up in the occasion."


Albert Bore: Role of city region 'coming to the fore'

The No vote in the Scottish referendum has also triggered calls from town halls up and down England for greater local powers, with the City Centred campaign group of eight regional cities urging "urgent devolution".

In a statement, the group, which represents Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, and Sheffield, said the result north of the border was a "yes vote for devolution".

It has now called on the leaders of the three main political parties in Westminster to ring the changes.

The statement read: "It is vital urgent devolution to England, and particularly to its cities, forms a key part of this package of reforms - new powers to grow and invest will have hugely beneficial effects in England's cities, and across the whole country.

"We are pleased the Prime Minister committed to empower England's great cities in his statement after the referendum vote."

The campaign has urged Westminster to hand cities the power to determine where cash investment goes locally, adding it would enable key decisions to be "made closer to the people they directly effect".

Sir Albert Bore, Leader, Birmingham City Council Credit: PA

Sir Albert Bore, part of the City Centred campaign and leader of Birmingham City Council - the largest such authority outside London, said:

"What will happen now is that substantial powers and devolution will come to the Scottish Parliament and to the Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly.

“There will be a great deal of pressure to put in similar arrangements into place for England or the English regions.

“I think there is an inevitability that will happen. The role of the city region in driving that agenda is coming to the fore.”

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