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Cities Growth Commission on Greater Manchester mayor plan

The powers for a new Greater Manchester mayor are "very different" to the scheme rejected a few years ago, said the chairman of the Cities Growth Commission.

Jim O'Neill said the previous plan was only for the city council, but this time it would include a wider area and involve more powers.

He claimed Greater Manchester was leading the way as its boroughs had been working together for several years.

Mr O'Neill the new mayor would not involve a whole new layer of government, or extra money, and that was "one of the beauties" of the plan.

On Monday, the chancellor announced that Greater Manchester would be getting an elected mayor to preside over regional issues,

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