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    rsmith500 wrote:
    Within 5 years expect Southampton's cruise turnarounds to shrink by 30%....and that's just the start of it. Cunard have already indicated on the quiet that they will make Liverpool a home port for one of their liners, and who can blame them? The smaller companies whom Southampton have snubbed in the past will be queueing up to sail from Liverpool.
    I think you believe a little bit too much as to what Liverpool puts in their papers! They are obviously trying to spin things in their favour but deep down they are cheap tricks and false news. Cunard has stated they will not be using Liverpool for one of their liners so happy days for Southampton! This is old news tho.

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Liverpool told to pay back cash in cruise row with Southampton

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MINISTERS have this morning announced how much public cash Liverpool will have to repay to muscle in on Southampton’s cruise industry.

Shipping Minister Mike Penning has said a one-off payment of £8.8m, or £12.6m spread over 15 years, would be sufficient for restrictions to be lifted.

The Merseysiders had offered to pay back just £5.5m of the £9.2m grants.

Mr Penning told MPs: “In my view this represents a fair outcome that addresses competition concerns while enhancing the benefits to secure which the grants were initially paid.”

The statement will anger some in the Southampton camp by offering the chance to spread payments until 2027. And it makes no reference to a separate EU grant of around £8.6 million, which Liverpool has not offered to repay.

Final removal of the conditions will depend on state aid clearance from the European Commission, although Liverpool plans to restart cruises from its terminal within weeks

Reacting to the announcement, Southampton Itchen MP John Denham, said: “The Minister’s decision to require Liverpool to pay back more of the public subsidy on their cruise terminal vindicates the campaign that I and many organisations in the city have been running. It shows we were right to raise concerns that fair competition was being undermined.

“However, Liverpool is still only being asked to pay back less than half the subsidy they have received. It’s now down to the European Union to ensure that State Aid rules are fairly applied.”

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