Osborne wants northern 'powerhouse'

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%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%Northern cities could be offered "serious devolution of powers and budgets" in return for adopting elected mayors with powers similar to those enjoyed by Boris Johnson in London, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

The offer came as Mr Osborne set out his vision of an economic "powerhouse" in the north of England, featuring improved road links, investment in science and a new high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds.