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Northern Powerhouse: metro mayors call on the Government to commit to major spending

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Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram have called on Philip Hammond to prove he's serious about the Northern Powerhouse scheme by committing to major spending from the Government.

Our correspondent Ashley Derricott has this report:

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.

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

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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:

Minister says Brexit could be good for the North West

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Andrew Percy, the Minister for The Northern Powerhouse, says Brexit can be a good thing for industry in the North West.

The MP was speaking at the conference for the Northern Powerhouse in Manchester.

He said local industries now need to look further away from Europe for business opportunities.

Confidence in Northern Powerhouse drops post-Brexit

Confidence in the government's flagship Northern Powerhouse has dropped sharply since Brexit. Exclusive research from Ipsos MORI suggests people in the North West are not convinced the plans to better balance the domination of London are actually working.

But ahead of tomorrow's autumn statement, former Chancellor George Osborne has told us 'it won't happen overnight' and 'if we don't try we'll never succeed'.

Our political correspondent Joe Pike has the story:

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New Northern Powerhouse Minister says government committed to the project

The Northern Powerhouse was former Chancellor George Osborne's great vision for the future. But since the Tatton MP was sacked, the question is - is it a thing of the past?

Today the new Minister for the Northern Powerhouse visited our region. Andrew Percy, who's an MP for a seat in Yorkshire, says the new Prime Minister Teresa May is determined that Mr Osborne's plan will become reality.

Daniel Hewitt reports.

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