£1.6bn ‘bribe’ for poorer towns as May seeks Labour’s backing for Brexit deal

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Much of Stronger Towns Fund to be allocated to leave-voting towns in north of England and Midlands

Left-behind towns in England are to get a £1.6bn funding boost as part of a package of measures to win support for Theresa May’s Brexit deal among Labour MPs, who said the new cash would not buy their votes.

Labour MPs including Lisa Nandy and Gareth Snell who have signalled they might back May’s deal criticised the approach and said the cash would do little to tackle the effects of austerity.

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