State pension campaign set for major demo

Women from the borough protesting about changes to the state pension age will take their battle to London for a mass demonstration.

Wigan Town Hall

Mystery remains over council tax defaulters

The identity of two Wigan councillors who paid their tax bills late remains a mystery after the town hall refused requests to unmask them.

Jo Cox: The Duchess of Cornwall will join Jamie Oliver to launch what could be the biggest community event since the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Great Get Together, in the wake of the murder of MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox’s husband calls for ‘massive party to show our unity’

The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox is calling on the UK to throw a “massive party to show our unity and to celebrate what we have in common”.

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Jenny Bullen

Labour moves swiftly to replace vacant cabinet role

The latest recruit to Wigan Council’s ruling cabinet has said she is looking forward to stepping up to the borough’s top table.

Sonia Halliwell

Council bosses deny union claims about staff morale

Wigan Council has hit out at a trade union over its claims scores of jobs are at risk and town hall staff feel depressed and worn down by their work.

Wigan Town Hall

Councillors' support for sacked colleague

A pair of Labour councillors have broken ranks to criticise the treatment of their ward colleague who was controversially sacked.
Pte Lee Ellis

MoD compo revamp fury

Government proposals to reduce legal protections for British troops have been blasted by relatives of soldiers who paid the ultimate price.

Wigan Town Hall

Social housing shake-up to save millions

Wigan Council will save £5.5m by taking back control of the majority of the borough’s social housing stock, a report has revealed.

Paul Kenny

Top table councillor is sacked

A Wigan councillor has vowed to maintain his opposition to the controversial GM Spatial Framework despite it costing him his cabinet place.

Bolton West Conservative Chris Green MP

The Chris Green column: Concerns over library plan

First we lost our swimming baths, then we lost Formby Hall and now, it seems, we’re about to lose our library.

Coun Keith Cunliffe

Pledge to create new neighbourhood plan

A residents’ group and Wigan Council will work together to create a new plan allowing residents to have their say on Leigh’s future.

Marie McCourt

Major step in bid to create 'Helen's Law'

A grieving local mum’s bid to keep killers behind bars indefinitely if they fail to reveal the whereabouts of their victims’ bodies takes another important step on Friday.

Wigan Council has said it will not close any libraries

Library consultation draws to a close

A consultation on the reform plan for Wigan borough’s libraries draws to a close this week with residents urged to voice their views.

Wigan borough MPs backed the Brexit Bill on Wednesday

MPs vote to trigger Brexit process

The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation to pave the way for Theresa May to trigger the formal process of leaving the EU last night.
Protesters assemble at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

MPs react to US travel ban and Trump petition

Wigan politicians have spoken out against President Donald Trump’s travel ban and urged residents to oppose his state visit to the UK.
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall

Waterboarding 'probably' OK if it saves lives, says UKIP leader Paul Nuttall

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has said he would "probably" support the use of waterboarding if it saved lives.

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Andy Burnham MP

The Andy Burnham column: ‘Courage is needed to sort social care problem’

On Monday morning, there was a sad story in the news. It emerged that Mrs Iris Sibley, an 89 year-old lady from Gloucestershire, had spent six months in a hospital bed because an appropriate care home place could not been found for her.

The Supreme Court has ruled on whether a vote in Parliament is required to trigger Brexit

Government loses Supreme Court Brexit battle

The Government has lost its historic battle in the Supreme Court over Brexit.
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Wigan and Leigh Green Party's Will Patterson

Wigan Green Party campaigner to stand for GM mayor

A Wigan campaigner has been chosen as the Green Party candidate for the upcoming Greater Manchester mayoral elections.

Leigh town centre, which could be covered by a Neighbourhood Plan

Stumbling blocks for neighbourhood plan

Ambitious proposals to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for Leigh still has several hurdles to clear, a Wigan Council report has suggested.

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