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South Yorkshire political leaders agree devolution deal

Political leaders have agreed to move forward with a South Yorkshire devolution deal more than four years after the deal was initially announced.

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In a statement the leaders of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils together with Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis, announced the deal had been agreed and would be put to public consultation later this year.

Under the original deal struck in October 2015 the Sheffield City Region deal would grant a directly elected mayor power over transport, strategic planning and skills, as well as £900m over 30 years.

Efforts to secure an agreement have been dogged by a rival plan for a pan-Yorkshire agreement, but, today's announcement suggests the South Yorkshire deal will now come to fruition, almost two years after Mr Jarvis was elected mayor.

Mr Jarvis and the four council leaders said: "This represents a significant step forward in securing additional powers and resources for our region.”

Dan Jarvis MP rules himself out of Labour leadership race

Sheffield City Region mayor and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis has said he won't be joining the race to become the new Labour leader.

Mr Jarvis said he was "humbled" by messages of support but that he is committed to serving as mayor for the region.

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Dan Jarvis on Labour leadership speculation

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis says he's not thinking much further ahead than his next cup of tea, brushing off comments suggesting he may be the next Labour leader.

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His comment came as some were calling for Jeremy Corbyn to resign after exit polls poll put Labour on 191 seats, which would be its worst result since 1935.

Mr Jarvis, said: "I'm pretty busy at the moment because as well as being the MP I'm also the city region mayor and that's a massive commitment"

"I take very seriously the commitment I've made to the people of South Yorkshire to serve as their mayor.

"What I'm going to do is go and look at my phone and see what is happening around the country and maybe even get home and maybe even see my family and maybe even have a cup of tea.

"And that's my priority. I'm not thinking much further than my next cup of tea."

Dan Jarvis: A 'dismal night' for Labour

Labour's Dan Jarvis has said it looks set to be a "dismal night" for Labour despite being re-elected as MP for Barnsley Central.

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Mr Jarvis won his seat with 14,804 votes, with Brexit Party's Victoria Felton coming second with 11,233 votes.

He said: "Over for the past few weeks, I've had countless conversations with too many people who've expressed concerns and in some cases anger in a Labour Party that they think no longer speaks for them

"We have to listen to those concerns and work to regain the trust where it's been lost."

He went on to criticise national government for neglecting towns in the north of England saying "ending northern neglect" would be his priority.

"The massive potential of Barnsley and Yorkshire should be shouted from the rooftops", he said.

BreakingBarnsley Central: Labour hold

Labour have held Barnsley Central with Dan Jarvis remaining as the constituency's MP.

Transport investment needed as northern services decline

Northern mayors and council leaders want more investment in transport after figures showed train services have got worse, despite the push of a Northern Powerhouse.

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Cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were encouraged to work together both in rivalling London and the South East and to "take on the world", with more jobs and opportunities.

But five years on, doubt has been cast on just how successful the project has been, with transport being one key area that officials want to improve.

The number of cancelled and significantly late trains on TransPennine Express and Northern franchises more than doubled from 20,000 in 2014-15 to 47,000 in 2018-19. It meant that almost one in every 20 services was either cancelled or more than 30 minutes late arriving at its destination.

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Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis, said the government should see the north as "an asset, not a liability" and said Westminster had "let the north down".

Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: "The northern authorities are working much more closely together and that's a real benefit.

"The real difficulty we have is that (transport) schemes are delayed and there's a real lack of commitment to rebalancing the economy."