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The Prime Minister was in the North West today
She was launching a new industrial strategy offering support
to businesses, including more than ?300 million here as part
But critics are questioning whether that's enough.
Our political editor Nina Warhurst reports.
The Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary
My question is, is this very public visit to the North West anything
Investment that will bring jobs is part of our industrial strategy,
ensuring the economy is working across the whole country
and that we are seeing investment leading to a higher wage,
higher productivity, higher skills economy.
But what is new today that will translate to jobs
The investment that has been put into the North West will translate
into jobs for families, but the industrial strategy
we are launching today - and we'll be consulting
with businesses on this because we want to ensure
that we get this right - is about the long-term.
A few miles north, the Burns brothers have been making filters
They'd like to see less talk and more cash.
I think investing in the likes of ourselves, manufacturing,
is the way to go, not sharing it with other people, but investing
in the people that are doing good manufacturing at the moment.
By coming to the North West to launch her big industrial
strategy, the Prime Minister was making a statement.
She was saying, I don't just care about the South East, I care
But had she come here to Orford on the other side
of Warrington, she might have had a very different reception.
Nothing round here for teenagers or early 20s, apprentices,
Labour have been quick to criticise the new industrial strategy,
asking how can we create jobs for the next education
Let's not forget that 40% has been cut from the adult skills business.
We've had a rehash of the local funding formula for primary
and secondary schools and in Salford, for example,
we are looking at losing ?309 per pupil head.
This was a short and public visit from a Prime Minister known
It might be a while before we see what impact the industrial
As Nina mentioned, today's raft of announcements included more
details on where ?300 million of Northern Powerhouse money will be
Ian Haslam's been looking at the details.
Yes, as you say the Government's been giving more details
on where ?300 million of Northern Powerhouse money will be
The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership secured ?70 million
of funding to support a range of major projects,
and a chunk of that - around ?20 million -
will be spent on revamping Blackpool's Winter Gardens.
It's part of a bid to bring the major political conferences
This is how the new complex would look, it'd be a conference
centre and hotel that could host around 7,000 delegates.
People have better facilities to offer and this is why it is so key
that we do build a new conference centre and likeable because we'd
love to welcome them back. This investment will bring a little bit
of style and I hope it will make many people feel that little bit
better about their town. The Government's also announced
today it's investing a further 72 million
in the Liverpool city region. It says the money could
help to create thousands of jobs and attract more private investment
over the next five years - points further outlined
by the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, who was in the region today
on a visit to Wirral Metropolitan I think that with the announcements
we've seen that the ?72 million combined with the 217 million that
was already allocated will generate some 15,000 new jobs, 10,000 new
homes, thousands of investment in new companies and that is great to
see. The Prime Minister says the cash
injection is all about "driving Labour though says it's too little,
too late, which "pales into insignificance" when set
against recent central Government A man - whose 20-year-old son was
shot dead in a Greater Manchester takeaway nine years ago -
is supporting a campaign to raise Halton McCollin died as he ran
from a gunman in Stretford in 2008. His killer has never been caught -
despite a ?50,000 For every weapon removed off
the streets is a possible life saved or some devastation saved a family
from going through. You should be able to walk wherever
you please without the fear of someone having a gun that's
going to shoot you. Police say a huge convoy
of their vehicles through Liverpool last night was an "extensive
disruption plan" targeting those The show of force was seen
in the city centre, Labour's candidate to be
the first Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region has
launched his campaign. Walton MP Steve Rotheram has pledged
to improve apprenticeships for young people reduce the cost of the Mersey
tunnel tolls for local residents and work with Liverpool's elected
mayor Joe Anderson to gain more The important thing now is for us
six districts and the metro mayor to be going to Westminster
to wrestle those additional powers that really mean we can do great
things for the people Steve Rotheram is one of four
candidates announced for the May election alongside
Conservative Tony Caldeira, Liberal Democrat Carl Cashman
and Tom Crone of the Green Party. Ukip haven't announced
a candidate yet. This summer Liverpool's Catholic
Cathedral celebrates Paddy's Wigwam, as it's
affectionately known, was consecrated at Whitsuntide
in 1967. The cathedral authorities
are planning a series of events Our Merseyside reporter, Andy Gill,
looks back at its history. It's an unmistakeable part
of the Liverpool skyline, as modern-looking now as it was half
a century ago, inside In a sense, because of the nature
of this building and its modernity, it's nice to remind people that
actually it's now 50 years and it's Once the design was approved, it
took less than five years to build. On one of the century's most
memorable religious days, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ
the King was open The Prime Minister Harold Wilson
and a host of cardinals and archbishops were at
the consecration in 1967. She's 92 and still a
regular worshipper here. I can remember the Scouts lining
the route up to the ramp. It was all done in five
years from '62 to '67, it was a wonderful experience
that we at last had our own mother In the 1930s, there were plans
for a huge cathedral here. They got as far as building
the crypt designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens,
but after World War II, costs meant For many, though, today's cathedral
is just as imposing. I think it's the glass more
than anything, the atmosphere, Shortly after the opening,
I spent a day here from dawn to dusk just to watch the effects
of the light through all It's needed extensive repairs over
the years, but is part Over the next months
there are special masses, flower shows and concerts
to mark the jubilee. It was very foggy this morning but
not quite as bad as the south had it. Good evening. Ford is definitely
the immediate problem this week. There will be more problems through
the week but it is descending now and it could be around this time
tomorrow night. Through the week, we earmarks Thursday as the cold day
and some temperatures will be around one Celsius. It's about an area of
high pressure that blocks the weather front' s that change the ice
-- isobars and pull in cold air from the continent. There is a yellow
warning for fog, the lowest level, but the fog can cause problems and
will freeze in places and it will be disruption to travel first thing
tomorrow morning. Seven Celsius on the Isle of Man. For the rest of us,
between -2 and two Celsius. BBC local radio will have the latest on
the travel situation tomorrow morning. It may take some time to
clear but there will be decent spells of sunshine working there way
through, apart from the Isle of Man and Cumbria, which has the weather
front that is trying to move down so in North-South divide, temperatures
around six or seven Celsius. We have cloud cover and temperatures are
better. Into Wednesday, the air comes from the continent, much more
in the way of sunshine, not a bad looking day, temperatures once again
not great, seven or eight Celsius. Look at the wind, really strong,
very cold, the temperatures will be cold all the way through, more cloud
cover through Friday and if I leave you with the outlook as we head
towards the weekend, any change is rather slow. It stays cold and
increasingly cloudy. For the weekend we will have dry
weather with sunny spells and it will be a little bit milder.
Good evening. We are continuing to see huge righty in the weather.
Getting the detail right is proving to be a challenge. This was in
Pembrokeshire and other parts of the UK were gloomy throughout the day.
The fog is thickening up right now. Particularly pool on the M5 in
south-west England. Very foggy across parts of the West Country.
This fog is tending to spread its way further eastwards. Some fog as
well across parts of Yorkshire. Northern Ireland and Scotland are
mild but damn. This is how we will start the day. At eight o'clock in
the morning, quite a lot of fog around which could affect the major
airports. What all of us have seen fog. There will be Sunni areas to
western fringes of England and Wales. Across Northern Ireland and
Scotland it is much milder. Some patchy rain around coming in on the
Bruce, particularly over the hills in the West. Much of that will fade
away. It will be relatively mild. For England and Wales, much of the
fog were clear. Some of it will not sell it will be especially chilly.
Quite a contrast in temperatures again. -- so it will be especially
chilly. Despite sunshine, it will be on the chilly side. The fog will
come back again. On Wednesday morning, Central and eastern parts
are particularly prone. Some sunshine will emerge. Rather more
cloud for Northern Ireland and Scotland. Most of the rain will be
held at bay. Still relatively mild. A real edge to that further south
and east. It would be a sign of things to come. On Thursday we will
tap into some particularly cold air sitting over the continent for
several days now. Europe is frozen at the moment. Some of the freezing
cold air will head towards us on a stiffening south-easterly breeze.
Some places will not get above freezing, maybe the odd snow flurry.
Wherever you are, it will feel cold. All
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