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21 Jun
2018

Steve Rotheram praises Bus Alliance ahead of Clean Air Day 2018

Partners from across the Liverpool City Region will be in Williamson Square for National Clean Air Day on Thursday, 21 June persuading people to play their part to help tackle air pollution ...

20 Jun
2018

Metro Mayors call for the RMT to postpone planned industrial action on intercity rail services

The Metro Mayors of Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester have called on Northern rail and the RMT to enter into negotiations ahead of planned industrial action on intercity rail services across Greater Manchester and Merseyside...

19 Jun
2018

City Region Leaders Join Calls For Government Action to Improve Air Quality

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, and Nathalie Nicholas, the Combined Authority’s recently-appointed Deputy Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality, are representing the city region at a National Clean Air Summit tomorrow (Wed...

15 Jun
2018

Steve Rotheram announces latest stage in plans for new Mersey Ferry

The Metro Mayor has announced an event to help local suppliers get involved in building the new Mersey Ferry...

13 Jun
2018

Regional mayors’ skills summit calls for further devolution

England’s directly-elected regional mayors will meet in Liverpool today to call on the government for greater devolution of powers and funding over skills...

12 Jun
2018

Bus driver training drives up satisfaction levels

As part of the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance, Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach have jointly developed the bespoke training course, supported by more than £100,000 from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority ...

5 Jun
2018

Liverpool City Region welcomes Wales and Borders rail franchise announcement

Better rail connections between the Liverpool City Region and North Wales have been announced...

4 Jun
2018

Steve Rotheram calls for answers about Northern Rail fiasco

The Metro Mayor took part in a conference call with Jo Johnson and leaders of Northern Rail this afternoon ...

31 May
2018

Combined Authority sharpens focus on inclusive growth, air quality, and further devolution

A reshuffle of portfolio holders by the Metro Mayor will see Liverpool City Region Combined Authority signal a sharper focus on inclusive growth, air quality, and further devolution...

31 May
2018

Funding boost for Shakespeare North Playhouse and Prescot town centre

The Combined Authority has approved a package of £14million for the Shakespeare North Playhouse and Rail Interchange project in Prescot....

25 May
2018

Steve Rotheram presses Transport Secretary for support over bank holiday weekend

The Metro Mayor has asked the Transport Secretary for support to head off potential travel disruption on what could be one of the busiest days in the history of the city region...

24 May
2018

Joint statement from Metro Mayors on Northern rail disruption

Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham react to their phone call with the Secretary of State for Transport regarding the problems with Northern rail services...

22 May
2018

Steve Rotheram warns of dangers of not addressing causes of Brexit

The Metro Mayor used a keynote speech to IPPR North to warn that the government risks “splintering” the country if it does not devolve further powers to the regions in the wake of the vote for Brexit...

17 May
2018

Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester Metro Mayors back devolution for Cheshire

Responding to the publication of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership’s report ‘Working Together; Devolution in the Northern Powerhouse’, Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham have backed devolution to Cheshire. ...

9 May
2018

Liverpool City Region to receive £7m to help tackle homelessness

Central government has today announced a £7.7m allocation to the Liverpool City Region to help tackle homelessness. ...

8 May
2018

Steve Rotheram marks first anniversary as Metro Mayor by celebrating the Combined Authority’s record of delivery

The Metro Mayor has marked the first anniversary of his election as the first Metro Mayor and the creation of a Mayoral Combined Authority by celebrating the achievements of the Combined Authority over the last year. ...

23 Apr
2018

Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2018 Announced

As part of the forthcoming Liverpool City Region Skills Show in June, the LCR Apprenticeship Hub are very pleased to announce the launch of the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2018......

23 Apr
2018

Liverpool City Region Skills Show 2018

Visit THE careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeship event on Monday 18th June 2018......

21 Mar
2018

St Helens named as the first Borough of Culture in the Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has announced that St Helens will be its first Borough of Culture, as part of its new 1% for Culture programme ...

21 Mar
2018

Steve Rotheram urges rural businesses to apply for funding

Speaking at an event in Widnes, the Metro Mayor urges rural businesses to apply for funding ...

12 Mar
2018

Liverpool City Region approves new Skills Strategy to drive inclusive growth

At the latest meeting of the Combined Authority, a new Skills Strategy for the city region was approved...

12 Mar
2018

Liverpool City Region introduces 1% for culture programme to support cultural activities

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has become the first in the country to commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to support cultural activities ...

9 Mar
2018

Combined Authority adopts Culture and Creativity Strategy

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority adopted a Culture and Creativity Strategy setting out the city region’s approach to boosting cultural activities and creativity over the next 30 years...

9 Mar
2018

Liverpool City Region approves £25m funding to boost key route network

The Combined Authority today approved a package of £25m funding to support 15 highway schemes that will make improvements to the city region’s Key Route Network ...

8 Mar
2018

Liverpool City Region leaders release new mission statement in fight against violence against women and girls

The Metro Mayor, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, and Merseyside Police have joined with a host of agencies, women’s equality campaigners and partners across the city region to highlight the priority they are placing on preventing violence again...

8 Mar
2018

Steve Rotheram meets the apprentices helping to keep Merseyrail trains on track

The Metro Mayor visited Stadler in Birkenhead to meet some of the apprentices who are helping to keep Merseyrail’s fleet of trains on the track...

8 Mar
2018

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Launches Plan to Increase Apprenticeships

As part of National Apprenticeships Week, Liverpool City Region has published its Apprenticeship Growth Plan setting out how it will increase the number of apprenticeships over the next three years....

7 Mar
2018

Steve Rotheram and UK Music launch Wish You Were Here report

The Metro Mayor was joined by Michael Dugher, CEO of UK Music, and Wendy Simon, Liverpool’s Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture, to unveil a radical plan to grow Liverpool’s world-famous music scene...

1 Mar
2018

Liverpool City Region to host summit to improve mental health awareness

The summit hosted by Steve Rotheram and Luciana Berger will have a particular focus on supporting employers to tackle mental health stigma; reduce sickness absence rates, increase attendance levels, and boost staff wellbeing and productivity ...

27 Feb
2018

Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham call first Convention of the North

Metro Mayor's for the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester join together to provide focal point for Northern Powerhouse Rail campaign...

26 Feb
2018

Steve Rotheram launches £4.5m initiative to help households into work

Metro Mayor brings together 24 advocates to help unemployed families into work across the Liverpool City Region ...

23 Feb
2018

Steve Rotheram challenges house builders

Speaking today at his own housing summit, the Metro Mayor challenged housebuilders to make the Liverpool City Region an exemplar for innovation, sustainability and design excellence...

20 Feb
2018

Influential report says Liverpool is top UK investment destination in the North West

Arcadis has identified Liverpool City Region as one of the UK’s top four growth hot spots...

19 Feb
2018

Steve Rotheram joins fellow regional mayors to call on government for further investment and devolution for their city regions.

Five regional mayors, have co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May, calling on the government to review the way in which funding for new housing is allocated to city regions...

9 Feb
2018

£3m boost for clean buses in the Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has secured £3m funding to help reduce bus emissions...

5 Feb
2018

Metro Mayor pledges to make City Region the UK’s third most visited destination

The Metro Mayor is pledging to make the city region the third most visited UK destination behind London and Edinburgh ...

5 Feb
2018

Steve Rotheram urges communities to help shape a shared cultural future

The Metro Mayor is encouraging people and organisations across the Liverpool City Region to get involved in shaping the area’s cultural future...

1 Feb
2018

Steve Rotheram calls on government to engage with the Liverpool City Region on education and skills devolution

The Metro Mayor has welcomed the “broad thrust” of recommendations outlined in a report from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership...

31 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram calls on government to provide impact statement on the effect of Brexit on the Liverpool City Region

The Metro Mayor has responded to today's debate in parliament on the government's EU exit analysis...

30 Jan
2018

Note of the appointment of an external auditor

At its meeting on 20 January 2017, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approved the proposal for the Authority to ‘opt in’ to the Sector Led Body, Public Sector Auditor Appointments (PSSA) as the means through which the Authority’s new exter...

29 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram says “no justification” for fracking plans in the Liverpool City Region

The Metro Mayor has today said there is no need or justification for shale gas extraction in the City Region given the abundance of alternative sustainable energy sources....

26 Jan
2018

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority publishes budget proposals

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has published its budget proposals for 2018/19...

26 Jan
2018

First Meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board

The Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, established by Steve Rotheram, is made up of representatives from across all elements of society, and is the first of its kind in the county. ...

26 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram calls on government to do more to make National Apprenticeship Levy work

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has joined with national employers’ groups to call on central government to do more to make the National Apprenticeship Levy work......

25 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram announces proposal for new Mersey Ferry

The Metro Mayor has today announced proposals to commission a new state-of-the-art Mersey Ferry...

24 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram meets Sajid Javid to discuss tackling homelessness

The Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram will meet Sajid Javid to discuss plans to eradicate homelessness in the Liverpool City Region...

23 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram announces plans for £1 off-peak fast tag for Mersey Tunnels

The Metro Mayor has today proposed the introduction of a new £1 off-peak fast tag for Mersey Tunnel users...

22 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram pledges “no precept" for the Liverpool City City Region

The Metro Mayor has confirmed that he will not be charging a Mayoral Precept on Council Tax bills, across the six Liverpool City Region council areas, in the next financial year ...

18 Jan
2018

Shadow Chancellor backs plans for Mersey tidal project

On a visit to the Liverpool City Region today to discuss infrastructure investment the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell gave his backing to the Mersey tidal energy project...

16 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram speaks at the launch of Transport for the North's Strategic Transport Plan

The Metro Mayor argues that better connected North can finally begin to counter-balance an overheating South East...

15 Jan
2018

Digital Infrastructure Plan Announced for Liverpool City Region

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has appointed a specialist consortium to deliver an action plan detailing how to achieve Steve Rotheram’s pledge to make the city region the most digitally connected in the UK ...

15 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram calls for urgent government response to Carillion crisis

Responding to the news that the construction firm Carillion has gone into receivership, the Metro Mayor has called for swift government action ...

11 Jan
2018

Steve Rotheram calls for government backing for the Mersey tidal energy scheme

The Metro Mayor responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a 25 year plan to improve the UK’s environment ...

13 Dec
2017

Steve Rotheram urges RMT union to enter talks to settle dispute

Metro Mayor calls on the RMT to reconsider their strike action on 22 December...

13 Dec
2017

Steve Rotheram holds the second Metro Mayor's Question Time in Wirral

The Metro Mayor visited Wirral last night to speak to residents on a wide range of issues...

13 Dec
2017

Steve Rotheram calls for greater devolved powers to address failing schools crisis

The Metro Mayor is calling for greater hands-on control over education in response to the publication today of Ofsted’s annual report...

11 Dec
2017

Liverpool City Region awards £12M funding for Paddington Village development

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has approved in principle a £12m grant for infrastructure work to unlock development on Liverpool City Council’s billion pound Paddington Village scheme, creating 870 new jobs, and boosting the local economy b...

8 Dec
2017

How you can help to build the Liverpool City Region Skills Strategy

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is seeking your views on the implementation of our Skills Strategy...

1 Dec
2017

Steve Rotheram tells Universities UK that hard-wired bias to South East will frustrate Industrial Strategy

The Metro Mayor has warned that the UK’s structural bias towards London and the South East could scupper the government’s proposed Industrial Strategy to raise productivity ...

27 Nov
2017

Steve Rotheram says Liverpool City Region could be an industrial powerhouse for UK, but devolution is the key

The Metro Mayor has responded to the publication of the UK’s Industrial Strategy by saying he believes that the area can be a powerhouse for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but only if the government delivers on its commitments to devolution and re...

22 Nov
2017

Steve Rotheram offers his reaction to today's budget announcements

Responding to today's budget, the Metro Mayor welcomed increased funding to the Liverpool CIty Region but expressed disappointment at "missed opportunities" to lay the foundations for a stronger and fairer society for all...

16 Nov
2017

Liverpool City Region hosts the German British Forum conference: Digitalisation and The Future of Work

Liverpool City Region played host to the 2017 German British Forum conference, “Digitalisation and The Future of Work” in association with EEF, the German British Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Liverpool LEP and LCR 4.0...

14 Nov
2017

Steve Rotheram shares vision for future and makes 10 big pledges

The Metro Mayor has set out his ambitious vision for the future, underscored by ten major new policy pledges that will transform the Liverpool City Region ...

10 Nov
2017

Steve Rotheram holds the first Metro Mayor's Question Time in St Helens

The Metro Mayor held the first in a series of public Question Time-style events in St Helens on Tuesday, 7 November...

31 Oct
2017

Steve Rotheram demands the government end cover-up culture

The Metro Mayor has today called on the Prime Minister to implement, in full, the proposed Public Authorities (Accountabilities) Bill, also known as ‘the Hillsborough Law’...

31 Oct
2017

Steve Rotheram continues call for greater powers to avert Universal Credit misery

The Metro Mayor has continued his call for government to devolve further powers to the Liverpool City Region in order to prevent further homelessness, hardship and misery as a result of the Universal Credit rollout...

31 Oct
2017

Steve Rotheram joins fellow regional mayors in calls for more devolved powers

Steve Rotheram has agreed a joint statement with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the country’s five recently elected regional mayors calling on government to agree greater spending powers, and commit to further devolution...

20 Oct
2017

Liverpool City Region can become magnet for global tech companies, Steve Rotheram tells Digital Summit

The Metro Mayor told a gathering of tech entrepreneurs, academics and policy-makers, that a combination of world-class connectivity and predictable renewable energy could make the Liverpool City Region a magnet for investment from global tech compani...

19 Oct
2017

First Virtual Reality Question Time to be hosted at the Metro Mayor’s Digital Summit

The Metro Mayor will be taking part in a ground-breaking virtual reality question and answer session...

10 Oct
2017

Steve Rotheram calls for an urgent re-think on heartless and regressive Universal Credit

The Metro Mayor has chosen World Homelessness Day to add his voice to the growing chorus calling on government to abandon plans to implement its Universal Credit benefit changes this winter...

5 Oct
2017

Steve Rotheram to offer David Davis "a northern perspective" on Brexit today

The Metro Mayor will be providing "a northern perspective" when he meets with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, in York today...

4 Oct
2017

Join the Metro Mayor's drive for fairness and social justice across Liverpool City Region

Following the appointment of Lynn Collins as Chair of the Mayoral Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, work has now begun to establish the terms of reference of the board and its ways of working...

2 Oct
2017

Steve Rotheram says rail announcement is a "modest down payment on what’s really needed”

Following the announcement of a £300 million funding package for northern rail infrastructure, the Metro Mayor says more is needed to rebalance the UK economy...

21 Sep
2017

Steve Rotheram joins fellow leaders in plans to give the North a stronger voice

Following the successful Transport Summit in August, the mayors and leaders of Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, and the Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have today called on the government to honour its commi...

21 Sep
2017

Transport for the North endorses Liverpool City Region’s case for High Speed connectivity

Transport for the North has made a clear statement to government that plans for the next phase of HS2 must commit to provisions for Northern Powerhouse Rail that would allow for high speed rail connections to Liverpool...

7 Sep
2017

Steve Rotheram visits Cammell Laird to see progress on the RRS Sir David Attenborough

The Metro Mayor visited Cammell Laird to see the progress being made on the £200m RSS Sir David Attenborough being built right here in the Liverpool City Region...

6 Sep
2017

Steve Rotheram signs the Armed Forces Covenant

The Metro Mayor kept his manifesto pledge by formally signing the Liverpool City Region Armed Forces Community Covenant...

6 Sep
2017

Steve Rotheram visits the University of Liverpool for a tour of two flagship projects

The Metro Mayor visited the University of Liverpool to find out about how it is connecting with industry, supporting innovation and tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges...

25 Aug
2017

Steve Rotheram appoints Lynn Collins to chair the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board

The Metro Mayor today announced the appointment of TUC Regional Secretary, Lynn Collins as the chair of the Liverpool City Region Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board...

18 Aug
2017

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority awards £8.9 million to improve skills facilities

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has today agreed capital funding of almost £9 million to support skills and learning opportunities for communities across the City Region...

17 Aug
2017

Liverpool City Region is open for business during major upgrade to Lime Street station

Passengers are being reassured that the Liverpool City Region will remain ‘open for business’ when the first phase of a major transformation of Liverpool Lime Street kicks off next month...

7 Aug
2017

Steve Rotheram invites Prime Minister to make personal visit to New Ferry

The Metro Mayor, together with Wirral council, Alison McGovern MP, charities and volunteers, have been working tirelessly to deal with the impact of the explosion and help people and businesses recover from a disaster that devastated homes and busine...

7 Aug
2017

Steve Rotheram tells business leaders “Halton is key to Liverpool City Region’s economic future"

The Metro Mayor this week told a round table meeting with Halton business leaders that the borough had a key role to play in the area’s economic future...

2 Aug
2017

Steve Rotheram says Skills Commission key to successful and dynamic economy

Ambitious plans to make the Liverpool City Region a high skill, high value economy took a major step forward today with the first meeting of a high-powered Skills Commission...

1 Aug
2017

Liverpool City Region secures £3.5m for innovative employment programme

A new innovative programme to help people into work has secured £3.5m of funding from the Department for Work and Pensions....

17 Jul
2017

Work gets underway on ‘Halton Curve’ to boost rail links across Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and North Wales

Work has started on the 1.5 miles of rail track, known as the ‘Halton Curve’, that will unlock leisure and business opportunities between the Liverpool City Region, its airport, Cheshire and North Wales...

17 Jul
2017

New road safety strategy for the Liverpool City Region given the green light

A three year strategy to reduce the number of those killed and seriously injured on Merseyside's roads was approved at today’s Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting....

14 Jul
2017

Metro Mayor and Combined Authority unveil 100 day plan

Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are today unveiling an ambitious 100 day plan to ensure that its historic devolution deal makes an immediate and tangible impact on communities across the six boroughs...

11 Jul
2017

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority website launched today.

You can now keep up-to-date with the latest investments, news and proposals for the Liverpool City Region on a new website launched today....

7 Jul
2017

Liverpool City Region pledges £20,000 for New Ferry disaster relief fund

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has pledged £20,000 for the disaster relief fund set up in the wake of the New Ferry gas explosion...

28 Jun
2017

Crossfield Construction win contract to build UK's first £2.5m Digital Academy at the City of Liverpool College

The City of Liverpool College’s Digital Academy will teach young people coding, software development and a range of other digital skills, including online marketing and games design, is being re-designed to be equipped with the very latest digital te...

23 Jun
2017

Steve Rotheram invites Lord O’Neill to review City Region’s Economic Strategy

The Metro Mayor has invited Lord Jim O’Neill to review the region’s growth strategies as the first stage of work on a Strategic Economic Review....

22 Jun
2017

Steve Rotheram issues statement on fire safety following Grenfell Tower disaster

The Metro Mayor has issued a statement to reassure residents in Liverpool City Region following the Grenfell Tower disaster ...

16 Jun
2017

Steve Rotheram tells property sector that the City Region must raise its ambition to compete and prosper

The Metro Mayor told a gathering of some of the region’s leading property professionals that the area must raise its level of ambition to create the long-term prosperity necessary to support a vibrant property market...

15 Jun
2017

Liverpool City Region marks National Clean Air Day with electric charge points pledge

The first National Clean Air Day is being marked in the Liverpool City Region by the announcement of a £110K fund to supply and install electric vehicle charge points at business premises...

15 Jun
2017

Steve Rotheram offers support for third runway at Heathrow

The Metro Mayor has today offered support for the proposed third runway at Heathrow to enable Merseyside and Halton to become globally connected...

14 Jun
2017

Steve Rotheram calls on businesses to help shape future skills agenda

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is seeking the views of businesses to drive skills improvements and accelerate business growth and success...

6 Jun
2017

Steve Rotheram commits to Mersey Barrage

The Metro Mayor today spoke to a global investment conference to highlight the feasibility of a tidal barrage for the Mersey Estuary, which he believes will have a massive impact on the City Region’s growth trajectory...

26 May
2017

Steve Rotheram reveals new team and new purpose for Combined Authority

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority today held its first meeting with newly elected Metro Mayor in the chair...

15 May
2017

Metro Mayors call for party leaders to support for transformational rail investment

The newly-elected Metro Mayors of Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester are today calling on the leaders of the three main political parties to pledge their support for the a radically improved West to East rail link to connect the main urban ...

6 Feb
2017

Liverpool City Region bus users benefit from an improved ticket offer

From 30 January 2017 bus passengers travelling within the Liverpool City Region can benefit from an improved ticket offer...

3 Feb
2017

43 projects shortlisted for SIF funding

43 projects which are expected to bring major economic benefits to the Liverpool City Region have been shortlisted to go through to the next phase of assessment for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Single Investment Fund (SIF)...

23 Jan
2017

£72m cash boost for the Liverpool City Region to help create local jobs and growth

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid today announced a government cash boost of £72 million for Liverpool City Region to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth....

17 Jan
2017

UK’s first digital academy to open in the Liverpool City Region

The UK’s first dedicated digital academy is to open in Liverpool City Region in a £2.5m scheme being jointly funded by the government and the City of Liverpool College....

17 Jan
2017

Liverpool City Region establishes Health and Life Sciences Board

Liverpool City Region has established a new Health and Life Sciences Board to set out the future development and direction of Health and Life Science economic development across the City Region...

11 Jan
2017

The Liverpool City Region publish Area Based Review

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Further Education Colleges commit to working together to drive growth in the Liverpool City Region....

16 Dec
2016

Liverpool City Region leaders give green light to new Merseyrail trains by 2020

The Merseyrail network is set to get brand new trains after Liverpool City Region leaders gave the green light to the £460m project today....

5 Dec
2016

Liverpool City Region calls on government to push through the Buses Bill

The ability to transform local bus services is a key focus for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as it enters the final stages of the process for a devolution deal with government at its meeting next week....

18 Nov
2016

Devolution deal brings multi-million pound boost to Liverpool City Region

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, today announced £30million of government funding to the Liverpool City Region, thanks to the area’s ground-breaking devolution deal. ...

19 Apr
2016

Green light for travel plans in the Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Combined Authority has approved projects that will help further improve travel across the Liverpool City Region and beyond...

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