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Burnham: Rail journeys take as long as they did in 1960s

Demands for the Government to deliver a fair deal on transport for the North of England are set to be made by political and business leaders later today.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, who will speak at the summit, said trains are "old and packed out". Thousands have signed a petition calling for the Manchester-Leeds trans-Pennine electrification to go ahead.

Andy Burnham: If the government can afford a deal with the DUP, it can afford to make tower blocks safer

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham says the government, not local authorities and housing associations, should pay for fire safety improvements in tower blocks across England.

Cladding on 11 more high-rise buildings in Manchester have failed fire safety tests, bringing the total in the North West to 28, including blocks in Bootle, Salford and Wythenshawe.

Speaking at a housing conference in Manchester on Tuesday, where he announced a plan to end homelessness in the region within a decade, Mr Burnham said 180 buildings in Greater Manchester had so far been inspected by firefighters to ensure they are safe.

He told our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt that if the Conservative government could find money to make a deal with the DUP and "keep itself in power", it could find the money to ensure residents across England are safe in their homes.

On Monday while answering questions in Parliament over the government's response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Communities secretary Sajid Javid suggested local authorities should use their reserves to pay for improvements to tower blocks, adding that housing associations were responsible for making their buildings fit for habitation.

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