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11 HOURS AGO - New Statesman

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Real devolution has to come from public consent, not Whitehall diktat

Devolution has to be about more than transferring power from one unaccountable structure in London to another in Manchester, Lisa Nandy argues The deal to devolve NHS spending to Greater Manchester has split Labour (Photo:Getty) The Greater Manchester devolution deal took a lot of people by surprise. Negotiated behind closed doors and announced to the media, it has led to ...

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FEB 26, 2015 - New Statesman

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Devo Manc? It's the best thing since sliced bread

New plans for devolution to Manchester are fantastic news, argues Luke Raikes Manchester Town Hall often doubles for the Houses of Parliament on television. Greater powers may see it surpass the chamber it doubles for. George Osborne's plans mark yet another leap forward for devolution within England. Greater Manchester is set to be handed control of its £6bn health budget – following ...

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FEB 26, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Kurds: We Need More Support To Fight ISIS

WASHINGTON -- Kurdish fighters on the frontlines against the Islamic State group have been successful thus far but urgently need expanded support from the U.S. and other nations, according to the top Kurdish representative in the U.S. In a small briefing with reporters here Thursday, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman outlined additional international moves that her government believes are necessary to ...

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FEB 26, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Britain misses key immigration target before election

The government has failed to deliver a promised cut in immigration, statistics showed Thursday, ahead of a closely-fought general election in May in which it will be a key issue. Prime Minister David Cameron had pledged in 2011 to reduce net migration to below 100,000 by the end of the current parliamentary term. Senior Conservatives are worried about the threat ...

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FEB 26, 2015 - New Statesman

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George Osborne's plans for Manchester are a great leap forward

Manchester Town Hall often doubles for the Houses of Parliament on television. Greater powers may see it surpass the chamber it doubles for. George Osborne's plans mark yet another leap forward for devolution within England. Greater Manchester is set to be handed control of its £6bn health budget – following the previous agreement to devolve powers over housing, skills and transport in ...

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