It's been billed as a once in a lifetime deal in Lancashire that will unlock a programme of investment worth hundreds of millions of pounds and create more than 20,000 new jobs.
Today Government ministers and senior officials from Lancashire Council met at 11 Downing Street to sign the Preston and Lancashire City deal.
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As Brendan Rodgers departs, Liverpool will be looking for a man with a proven track record, not just a promising future, writes Chris Hall.
When the news of Brendan Rodgers' departure broke at 6.30pm on Sunday night, Twitter was soon awash with reaction.
Brendan Rodgers has been sacked by Liverpool after the 1-1 Merseyside derby draw with Everton