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NORTHERN COUNCILS CALL FOR GOVERNMENT HELP OVER EURO AID

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The leader of the North of England Assembly of Local Authorities has called on the government to fight on behalf of...
The leader of the North of England Assembly of Local Authorities has called on the government to fight on behalf of the region in a bureaucratic wrangle over EU aid, reports The Journal.

John McCormack made his remarks after Europe minister, Doug Henderson, said the government could not intervene in a wrangle over whether the counties of Northumberland and Durham should be treated as separate from the rest of the north in a bid for£150m of EU grants.

Mr McCormack said: 'Our judgement is that it will have to be resolved politically. It cannot be resolved at a technical level because there are conflicting views about what constitutes a region.'

The row centres on the new EU guidelines on which regions are eligible for development fund grants.
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