European cash boost

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SOUTH Yorkshire is to benefit from £300 million of European funding to ‘boost jobs and growth’ despite a 3.3 per cent cut in the European Union’s budget.

But Wentworth and Dearne Labour MP John Healey clashed with Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons because he said the Government’s push for greater EU spending cuts could have put the cash at risk.

Mr Healey said: “Will the Prime Minister welcome the budget agreement, which should give a useful boost to us in South Yorkshire?”

The Prime Minister replied: “We always go into these negotiations arguing that we need to look at all levels of spending because it is rather hypocritical to argue, ‘You’ve got to cut the overall spending but you’ve got to protect every single bit of what Britain receives’.”