On the rocks: Osborne tastes whisky in Berwick

The Chancellor George Osborne has been tasting whisky at a 150-year-old business in Berwick-upon-Tweed, as he announced a programme of investment for rural businesses.

He chose to make the announcement at Simpson's Malt, which has invested £90m in its malting businesses over the last 30 years.

George Osborne joins local figures in Berwick

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Chancellor agrees case for upgrading A1 is "compelling"

George Osborne told ITV News the case for upgrading the A1 between Newcastle and the Scottish borders was "compelling". The Chancellor was speaking during a visit to a malt firm in Berwick, where he announced more cash for rural businesses.