Call to ‘see sense’ over EU funding

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A Parliamentary hopeful has made a plea to the High Court to ‘see sense’ over devastating cuts to South Yorkshire.

Oliver Coppard, the Labour candidate who will fight Nick Clegg for the Sheffield Hallam seat at the next General Election, made the call as a judicial review hearing into the region’s EU funding allocation came to a close.

Sheffield City Region launched a legal battle against the Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Development after its funding allocation was set at £174 million for the next seven years - a cut of more than 50 per cent compared to the current arrangement.

As Mr Justice Stewart prepares his decision, due next week, Mr Coppard hit out at the coalition government for approving the ‘unfair’ allocation of funds.

He said: “I’m hopeful the High Court will see sense and tell the Government they’ve got it wrong.

“After we hear about the growing gap between Sheffield and the rest of country, it’s almost unbelievable to think we’re going to have another £175 million taken away from our funding, while more prosperous places – such as George Osborne’s Cheshire - are having their funding protected.”