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Tories vow to create northern powerhouse ahead of polls

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Mr Osborne speaking at the opening of the Manchester City Football Academy in north England last week. The Conservative government is seen wooing northern voters by promising to spread prosperity far beyond London.

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THEY were among Britain's most durable stereotypes and, for some, they still are: the flat-vowelled northerner in an equally flat cloth cap, denizen of dark and distant mill towns; and the silver-tongued southerner, the city gent with bowler hat and furled umbrella, emblem of the