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Osborne backs Johnson with cash injection

London mayor Boris Johnson will be hoping his election chances have been a given shot in the arm thanks to a handful of measures announced in the budget.

George Osborne went out of his way to praise the mayor, calling him: "a very effective champion for the city he runs so well."

The Chancellor outlined a series of transport investments; extended tube lines, longer commuters trains and a new river crossing in east London - but none of these are new announcements.

One budget winner will be the Royal Docks where manufacturing firms investing in a new development zone will be eligible for tax breaks on plant and machinery.

There is a £70m boost for the new mayoral fund to encourage jobs and businesses.

And Transport for London gets an extra £15m to improve safety for cyclists at road junctions, following a series of fatalities - although cycle safety campaigners say it's a tenth of what is needed.

The Chancellor also confirmed plans for extended Sunday trading hours during the Olympics and Paralympics.

And a new international airport in the Thames estuary may have come a step closer. Mr Osborne told MPs: "This country must confront the lack of airport capacity in the south east of England.

We cannot cut ourselves off from the fastest growing cities in the world."

The Chancellor confirmed government plans would be announced in the Summer.

George Osborne outside number 10 this morning