Osborne plans economic boost for key northern constituencies before election

Osborne plans economic boost for key northern constituencies before election
Proposed investment in rail, roads, science and culture met with approval by thinktank – but councils call for further devolution

• George Osborne’s autumn statement

George Osborne’s plans for an economic renaissance in the north of England through faster transport links, science academies and a new theatre have been backed by the regional arm of the left-leaning IPPR thinktank favoured by Ed Miliband.

The chancellor, who represents the Cheshire constituency of Tatton, has made the north a repeated focus of his speeches over the past year, with a promise to turn Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Liverpool into a regional “powerhouse”.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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