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The chancellor was taken by surprise at a paper factory in Warrington, when he was nearly hit in the face by a tube delivering packing paper.
Mr Osborne, the MP for Tatton, seemed to see the funny side.
Tatton MP and Chancellor George Osborne say he has a grand plan for the North of England - he calls it 'The Northern Powerhouse' - but do voters here plan to keep him in his powerhouse in Westminster come May?
The Conservative Party hopes Mr Obsorne's commitment to invest more in rail, road, arts and science in the North West will be rewarded with more North West MPs at next year's General Election.
But are voters in the key marginals convinced?
Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has been to Bolton West, the region's most marginal constituency, to gage opinion.
Tune in to Party People tonight on ITV at 23:40 for reaction from MP's Nigel Evans, Julie Hilling and Andrew Stunnel.
The author Frances Osborne will help judge the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced today.
Mrs Osborne, who is married to Tatton MP and Chancellor George Osborne, is the author of a novel and several prize-winning biographies.
She's become one of five judges tasked with handing out one of the most prestigious awards in literature.
Osborne is not the first member of the panel to have political connections - Lancashire MP and Prime Minister Harold Wilson's wife Mary was a judge in 1976.
Last year's judges, who gave the prize to Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road To The Deep North, had to read 154 books before picking a winner.
The longlist of 12 or 13 books will be announced in August, before being whittled down to a shortlist of six in September, with the winner announced in October
The Chancellor and Tatton MP George Osborne has been laying out his plans for the economy in his final Autumn Statement before the General Election, but will it be enough to swing voters in the North West's most marginal constituency?
Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has been to Bolton West where just 92 votes separate Labour and the rest, to speak to businesses, parents and first-time voters.
The Chancellor is in Manchester to set out his vision for a £15bn investment in the north of England.
The "One North" report makes the case for better connections across the north, including Manchester and Liverpool.
George Osborne says the government can commit to big transport improvements.
Chancellor George Osborne will today set out the government’s vision for a northern economic powerhouse.
He will be in Manchester to hear proposals for a £15 billion plan to improve the future of the northern economy in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield over the next 15 years.
Mr Osborne is expected to say: "Today I give you this personal commitment. Work with me over the coming months and together we will make a reality of the plan I've set out for the Northern Powerhouse.
“I'm ready to commit new money, new infrastructure, new transport and new science. And real new civic power too."
A seven year old boy has stumped the Chancellor of the Exchequer...with a simple maths question.
Little Samuel Raddings wasn't challenging George Osborne on interest rates or the size of the deficit.
Instead the schoolboy wanted the man who runs the country's finances to answer a simple times tables sum.
Here's our correspondent Rachel Townsend.
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George Osborne will say a collection of northern cities linked closer together by new transport infrastructure could "take on the world" as he bids to end London's "unhealthy" economic dominance.
The Chancellor will say in a keynote speech in Manchester today:
We need an ambitious plan to make the cities and towns here in this northern belt radically more connected from east to west - to create the equivalent of travelling around a single global city.
As well as fixing the roads, that means considering a new high speed rail link.
Today I want us to start thinking about whether to build a new high-speed rail connection east-west from Manchester to Leeds.
New railway plans proposed by Chancellor George Osborne mean commuters could soon travel from London to Manchester in just one hour.
In a speech in Manchester today Mr Osborne will say 'we must do more to connect our northern cities.'
The proposed line would be based on the existing rail route between the two cities "but speeded up with new tunnels and infrastructure" to create "a third high speed railway for Britain".
He will also propose a high-speed rail connection east-west from Manchester to Leeds.