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Chancellor to outline government plan for Midlands Engine

Chancellor Philip Hammond Credit: ITV News Central

The Chancellor Philip Hammond is visiting the region today to outline the governments plan for the Midlands Engine.

For the West Midlands, proposals are expected to include multimillion pound investment to help youth employability, funding for a new University in Hereford, and development of a Black Country Garden City.

For the East Midlands, an announcement is expected to be made about a global hub for space technology in Leicester while funds will be set aside to improve road connections around Loughborough, and regenerate Derby.

Chancellor Philip Hammond Credit: ITV News Central

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