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PM tells Manchester bosses to save £60m without cutting services

Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: PA

David Cameron has warned Manchester town hall bosses not to slash services further - despite needing to make savings of £60m. Councillors will meet tomorrow to discuss where the savings will be made next year.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese has warned that Mancunians will be ‘shocked’ by the scale of the cutbacks.

But the Manchester Evening News reports Mr Cameron warned councillors not to ‘parade’ cuts to make a political point. It is the tenth-hardest hit authority in the country, behind Liverpool, Birmingham and a number of inner London authorities.

Yet more than 20 councils will actually end up with MORE money - all of them in the south, apart from Cheshire East.

But when presented with the figures by the MEN, Mr Cameron said “The discrepancy is this: that Manchester city council’s spending per dwelling in 2014 to 2015 is £2,518.

“That is £429 more than the English average, which is £2,089, so I don’t accept that there is an unfair discrepancy.

The PM went on to say: “I hope Manchester city council won’t do what it has done in some previous years, which is announce the most painful looking cuts and attempt to blame them on central government."

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Video: The Prime Minister being questioned about transport spending live on Granada Reports:-

The government's announced tens of millions of pounds for transport projects aimed, it says, at keeping the North west moving:-

The Prime Minster's been in the region this afternoon to see for himself the areas that might benefit.

Schemes getting funding include the M6 Heysham link road, the electrification of the Wigan - Bolton railway line and junction improvements on the M55 and M62.

Our presenters Ann O'Connor and Tony Morris questioned the Prime Minister about the announcement live in studio on Friday's Granada Reports:-

The Prime Minister live in the Granada Reports studio tonight

David Cameron will answer questions from Tony Morris and Ann O'Connor Credit: ITV Granada Reports

On tonight's Granada Reports, we'll be asking David Cameron live in studio will millions of pounds spent on road and rail schemes in the North West really make a difference ?

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Wirral West MP tipped for promotion in reshuffle

Esther Mcvey MP with Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: PA

The MP for Wirral West Esther Mcvey is widely tipped for promotion as the Prime Minister begins his cabinet reshuffle. The former TV presenter was elected in 2010 and currently works in the Department for Work and Pensions as the Minister for Disabled People.

The Prime Minister is believed to be keen to see more females in the higher ranks of his government, and to promote more Northerners. Mcvey has impressed senior cabinet members with her robust defence of the government's benefit changes in a series of media appearances over the last 12 months.

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Manchester prepares for Conservative Party Conference

A big security operation's in place ahead of the Conservative Party conference which starts in Manchester on Sunday.

Manchester Central will host 12,00 delegates, politicians and journalists as the Prime Minister David Cameron brings his party to the city for the third time in five years.

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PM calls for 'changes in practice' to help struggling A&Es

The Prime Minister said there needed to be "changes in practice" to help struggling A&E departments as the Government announced a £500 million boost to the emergency care system over the next two years.

He said: "It is a significant amount of money going into A&E departments over the next two years and that will cope with some of the difficulties we have seen.

"But alongside that money we also need to some changes in practice. We need to make sure there are more consultants and senior doctors available in our A&E departments.

"We need to make sure that GP surgeries work more closely with hospitals.

"We need to make sure the frail elderly are better cared for in our communities rather than endlessly going in and out of accident and emergency departments."

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