MP JOHN Healey challenged the Prime Minister after winning European funding for South Yorkshire that the government had been against.

Late last week EU leaders agreed the UK should receive ‘Transition Regions’ funding from a pot worth €31.6 billion.

It will mean more than £300million for South Yorkshire to be spent on boosting growth and jobs.

Mr Healey said: “I am glad to say Europe over-ruled government resistance. To the end UK ministers opposed this money which will help kick-start South Yorkshire’s economy and generate growth that will be multiplied several times over.”

In the House of Commons yesterday Mr Healey challenged the Prime Minister over his government’s opposition.

As well as the funding, Transition Region status will give these areas more flexibility on how the money could be spent - allowing them to respond to local priorities and build infrastructure.

South Yorkshire could be expected to spend the money on helping people into work, offering more apprenticeships and training, reducing emissions, building flood defences and helping business to export more and benefit from new technologies.