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EXCLUSIVE: George Osborne says some of Theresa May's advisers tried to airbrush his idea for a Northern Powerhouse from history

George Osborne in his only TV interview. Credit: ITV Granada

George Osborne has said that some of Theresa May's advisers tried to airbrush his idea for a Northern Powerhouse from history.

Speaking exclusively to Granada Reports, the former chancellor and Tatton MP said Mrs May should now use the Conservative party conference in Manchester in October to commit her government to the North.

Our political correspondent Dan Hewitt has been reporting for a couple of weeks on the state of public transport in the North West.

You might remember he went from Manchester to a science park in Ellesmere Port on public transport - a journey that takes less than an hour in a car - it took Dan nearly two and a half hours.

That report was picked up by the media nationally - and clearly made its way across George Osborne's desk.

Dan spoke to Mr Osborne at the London Evening Standard's office for his only TV interview.

The Blackpool MP Paul Maynard is a government spokesperson on transport.

He says the government and Prime Minster are committed to the Northern Powerhouse, and it's safe in the their hands.

Esther McVey to run for Osborne's Tatton seat

The former Wirral West MP will stand in Tatton after George Osborne announced he will not stand for re-election on June 8. Credit: Twitter/@EstherMcVey1

Esther McVey has been selected as the Conservative party candidate in the Tatton constituency in Cheshire after the former Chancellor George Osborne announced he will not seek re-election on June 8th.

He announced he will quit in order to concentrate on his new job as editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper. Mr Osborne takes up the post next month.

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  1. Matt O'Donoghue, ITV News

What does George Osborne's newspaper job mean for his constituents in Cheshire?

A new job for the Cheshire MP and former Chancellor George Osborne is proving controversial.

His appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard has surprised, even shocked. Labour said it was an insult to his constituents.

Mr Osborne says he will remain in parliament and continue to serve the people of Tatton.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue reports:

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