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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.


Billions of pounds less spent on transport in the north compared to the capital

Credit: ITV Granada

Business leaders say a lack of investment in transport in the north of England shows how we're being let down by the Government.

Figures published yesterday suggest the north has seen £59 billion pounds less spending over the last decade compared to the capital.

And yet the Government insists it's still committed to creating a Northern Powerhouse. Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt takes up the story:

"This is the best chance we will get to change the fortunes of the North" - Andy Burnham on 100 days as Mayor

Public safety will be put at risk unless cuts to frontline policing are reversed.

That is the message from Andy Burnham, as he marks 100 days since becoming the first Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Since taking office, the former Labour MP has pledged 15% of his 115 thousand pound a year salary to end rough sleeping by 2020, and led the region's response to the Manchester Arena terror attack.

He told our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt, that devolution is already giving the north a louder voice on the national stage:


  1. Daniel Hewitt, ITV News

Special Report: The North West seats in the General Election spotlight

With less than three weeks to go until polling day, it's time for the first of our special reports, looking at the areas in the North West which could prove crucial to the outcome of next month's election.

As ever it's the marginal seats under the spotlight, and we're starting in starting in Barrow and Furness, where Labour's majority is under 800

Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports:

Cameron's not a fan of Granada's #DanInTheVan

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When Granada Reports's political correspondent Daniel Hewitt caught up with David Cameron on the campaign trail in Nantwich, the former Prime Minister seemed pretty underwhelmed with Dan's mode of transport.

He also shared his view on the ban on fox-hunting.

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