Manchester and Leeds: Could they rival London?
The announcement is likely to be warmly welcomed by city leaders in the North of England.
For years they have pressed for greater political and financial control.
The Coalition has long promised devolution and a rebalancing of the national economy.
That's coupled with a chance to strengthen the Northern economy, partly through HS3.
For now, this remains an idea - there's no timescale or money. But it puts down a very important marker for the future of the region.
Liverpool mayor threatens to exit Merseyside authority
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority was created to enhance co-operation between the five Merseyside councils and Halton. That's quite ambitious for a part of the world often characterised by rivalry and squabbling.
The government believes city regions can have more impact in terms of strategic planning and economic investment than individual councils working alone.
Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles, to stand down
Hazel Blears became one of Labour's most recognisable politicians in the Blair-era.
She was always loyal and often smiling - something her detractors found irritating - but she wasn't bland and revealed an interest in tap dancing and motorbikes.
No pay off for Lancashire County Council chief executive
Phil Halsall was a well-respected chief executive with major successes to his credit including enterprise zones and the Preston city deal. But when Labour took over the county council, questions began to emerge, not least over the aborted transport contract.
He has always defended his integrity and denied doing anything wrong. The new council administration clearly felt otherwise. A barrister, appointed by the government, was officially investigating what, if anything, had happened.
BNP conference: I'm in charge, says Nick Griffin
Maybe 100 people will gather in Liverpool for this year's party conference but the mood will be gloomy.
It is the BNP's first major conference since this summer's leadership election.
Hillsborough papers should be released - MPs
What was the point of the debate?
A lot is explained by the scepticism of the families who have felt let down and betrayed by the system on several occasions.
BAE Systems to announce nearly 3,000 job cuts
On Tuesday, at three BAE sites, workers will be told the grim news.
Workers may well be shocked, having assumed that the uncertainty of the government's defence review was behind them. But there is a longer-term problem of fewer Typhoons being ordered than expected. BAE is hoping to win new export deals shortly to countries including Malaysia, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Boundary change plans put Salford in Manchester
The Boundary Commission's focus on equalising the size of constituencies, rather than maintaining historic links, is what's led it to propose some very unusual constituencies.
The North West will have 66 seats, compared to 72 at present, it's more if you include all of Cumbria. Only seven are totally untouched.