Boosting town and city links would 'bolster levelling-up pledge and lift pay'

A study by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank lays out how devolution and giving more powers to Metro Mayors could deliver benefits across the region
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Sue Gray report on No 10 lockdown parties ‘delayed’ as Met announces probe
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Holly Madison was ‘afraid to leave’ Playboy Mansion because Hugh Hefner ‘controlled every aspect of my life’
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All the Covid rules in place at time of Boris’s ‘birthday party’
A week before the alleged party, Boris Johnson pleaded with the public to continue sticking to the rules.
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Tyson Fury issues step-aside ultimatum to "bums" Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte
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Snowpiercer season 3 episode 1: Is Melanie Cavill alive? Fans desperate to know her fate amid premiere cliffhanger
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Putin yet to make this 'one final step needed if he's serious about war in Ukraine'
US Marine Corps Colonel John Barranco said Vladimir Putin will have to make a crucial final step to ensure Russia can successfully invade and occupy Ukraine - and he's yet to do it
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What does police probe mean for Sue Gray inquiry into ‘partygate’?
Whitehall mandarin expected to delay publication of report
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Doug Beattie: Ulster Unionist leader to ask party if he should resign over offensive tweets
Doug Beattie has denied being misogynistic or racist after a series of offensive and derogatory historical tweets came to light.
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Covid: Passenger locator forms ‘to stay for some time’ despite travel testing rules relaxed
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Maida Vale stabbing: Mum with 'heart of gold' killed before driver 'runs over attacker'
The 43-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times in front of horrified onlookers in Maida Vale on Monday morning. A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after allegedly mowing down her attacker
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Denis Shapovalov rages at Rafael Nadal over his slow play as he brands umpire 'corrupt'
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Pregnant woman shows off 'unique' baby bump at 35 weeks - leaving people speechless
A mum has become a viral sensation after sharing a look at her rather 'unique' and impressive baby bump, a day before she went into hospital to have a C-section
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Anthony Martial's eye-watering Man Utd bonus clauses and the missing £14m speak volumes
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Szilveszter Csollany: Anti-vax Hungarian Olympic gold medallist dies of Covid aged 51
Szilveszter Csollany, who won gold in the Sydney 2000 Olympics fell sick in December and was hospitalised and put on a ventilator, with local authorities announcing his death on Monday.
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Diego Forlan rates Facundo Pellistri’s progress on loan at Alaves from Manchester United
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Credit Suisse warns of trading slowdown and legal costs
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'Cynical' Macron accused of using EU role to boost re-election
EMMANUEL Macron is "cynically and shamelessly" using France's European Council Presidency to boost his own chances of re-election in April, a key ally of Marine Le Pen has claimed.
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Transforming ‘AirCar’ passes safety checks and is now certified to fly
Flying cars are getting real.
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Latest Super Bowl odds ahead of NFC and AFC Championships
We are just weeks away now from the Super Bowl at the SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California and with the Green Bay Packers out of the picture, Kansas City Chiefs are the new favourites
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'Black people don't like cricket' Middlesex chief in shock remarks during racism hearing
MIDDLESEX Country Cricket Club chief Mike O'Farrell left social media users stunned with his shocking remarks over "Black people don't like cricket" during a racism hearing.
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Joe Wicks shares top tips to get moving and boost your mental health
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Colin Graves told to ‘put up or shut up’ over role of family trust at Yorkshire
The DCMS committee has expressed concerns after it was alleged the Trust had blocked the removal of board members at the county.
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Manchester United already know their Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard replacements
Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could both leave Man Utd on loan this week and the club should already know how to replace them.
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"It's like a blackmail situation": Takeaway owner furious over Just Eat 'fake refunds'
"If there were 100 restaurants that said they were willing to quit, I would do it"
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England’s Kate Cross thinks the women’s game is ‘ready for five days of cricket’
England are 4-2 behind in the multi-format series after Australia won the opening T20 and the subsequent two were washed out.
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Comment on Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B has a ‘NUMBER of people willing to provide an alibi for the day toddler vanished’ by Tariq Tahir
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‘Stealth Omicron’ variant spreading in UK and Scandinavia
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Vladimir Putin must face ‘show of strength’ over Ukraine, says Gordon Brown
The former prime minister said ‘the only thing that Putin understands is strength’ and nations have to stand up to him.
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Sue Gray report DELAYED while Met Police investigate Downing Street parties
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed the force would look at 'a number of events' in No 10 and Whitehall during the pandemic
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Vladimir Putin must face ‘show of strength’ over Ukraine, says Gordon Brown
The former prime minister said ‘the only thing that Putin understands is strength’ and nations have to stand up to him.
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What were the Covid rules at the time of Boris Johnson's 2020 birthday?
Boris Johnson is facing renewed calls to resign after the latest report that he had a birthday party during the June 2020 lockdown. So what exactly were the Covid rules at the time of Johnson’s birthday bash?
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How Brits spent their lockdown birthdays as Boris enjoyed a 'party' in No10 in June 2020
While Prime Minister Boris Johnson enjoyed cake with colleagues to mark his 56th birthday on June 19, 2020, families were forced to keep their distance due to the tough Covid rules.
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'We were told Brexit would be an apocalypse. It's not!' French open eyes to EU shambles
A FRENCH presidential candidate has suggested Brexit was not the "apocalypse" that was first thought it would be and has opened French eyes to the shambles of the European Union.
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Man City icon Vincent Kompany shows his tough side in unseen Anderlecht footage
Vincent Kompany is cutting his managerial teeth at Anderlecht and the club have provided behind-the-scenes access to the latest season
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'Obsessed' boyfriend, 54, admits hurling a rock at ex-girlfriend's Porsche
Edward Morris, 54, hurled a boulder-sized rock at ex-girlfriend Nadia Mehson's Porsche Boxster that was parked on the driveway of her £1.5m detached house overlooking Poole Harbour, Dorset.
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‘Awesome, amazing!’ Parkers Arms overjoyed after being voted best gastropub in the north
Owners Kathy Smith and Stosie Madi are over the moon
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Londoner’s Diary: Laurie Penny drops a bomb on The Critic magazine in pronoun row
AUTHOR Laurie Penny has criticised Right-wing magazine The Critic as “rude and childish” for failing to use their preferred pronouns. A review by Julie Bindel of Penny’s new book Sexual Revolution repeatedly referred to Penny as “she”.
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Girl, 15, sexually assaulted by man who pretended to be a Good Samaritan and took her to hotel room
Father-of-one Mark Topps, 33, targeted the teenager who was alone in Manchester and took her back to his hotel room where he sexually assaulted her while she was drunk, a court heard.
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How NFL kickers brought 'sexy back' to lead their teams to play-off glory this weekend
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David Squires on … drones, ghost ships and a weird Premier League weekend
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'Erling Haaland update' from Man City hero as Julian Alvarez deal could have knock-on effect
City appear close to signing Julian Alvarez, but are they still in the chase for Erling Haaland?
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Model Lottie Moss' extensive love life from Brooklyn Beckham to Roman Kemp
Model and OnlyFans star Lottie Moss recently split from The Vamps' drummer Tristan Evans - who she dated for four months
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Gucci gets bashed by online critics after advertising a £2,200 equestrian-style sun visor
The Italian fashion house's black leather visor has been likened to bondage gear, while one baffled shopper said it resembled a Spartan helmet. and another said it was like BDSM gear.
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How to address your haggis in honour of the great, according to Robert Burns
'Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,/Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!'
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Crossrail’s wow factor will get people back to the office, says Sadiq Khan
Crossrail has a “wow factor” that will entice people working from home back to the office, according to Sadiq Khan.
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Indian court clears Shilpa Shetty of 2007 obscenity charges
Obscenity charges date from when actor Richard Gere kissed Shetty at Aids eventThe Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty has been formally cleared of obscenity charges dating from when Hollywood actor Richard Gere publicly kissed her at an Aids awareness event 15 years ago.The incident triggered a controversy at the time, with radical Hindu groups burning effigies of both celebrities to protest against the perceived insult to Indian values. Continue reading...
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McDonald’s adding Chicken Big Mac to UK and Ireland menus for the first time
Maccas may taketh away, but they also giveth.
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