Politics

Politics

New reporters 'to hold local councils to account'

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
Business
Gareth Fairhurst

Council probe launched in community funding row

Wigan Council is looking into an opposition activist’s claims that the town hall was too quick to award taxpayers’ money to schemes backed by elected representatives.

News
Yvonne Fovargue

Lives being put at risk by brigade cuts, MP claims

A borough MP says that lives are being put at risk by the latest slew of Government cuts to the fire service.

Politics
John Asquith, Operations Manager of Preston Bus

£1m boost for county bus services

Bus users in Lancashire are set to benefit from a raft of new and extended services from next month.

News
MP Jo Platt

Sex offences help offered

Extra efforts are being made to ensure the more effective prosecution of rape and sexual assault cases, according to the Attorney General.

Politics
Coroner Peter Sigee warned that cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes

New pothole repair rules will increase risk of cycling deaths, coroner warns

Cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes, a coroner has warned.

Transport
The disgraced former Tory deputy chairman believes the country is "sick of elections"

Lord Archer: Corbyn will become Prime Minister if election is held next year

Lord Jeffrey Archer has predicted the Conservatives will lose the next election if it takes place in 2018.

Politics
At the end of last year, there were nearly 56,000 "declared absconders"

56,000 foreign nationals disappear off Home Office radar

Tens of thousands of foreign nationals including convicted criminals and illegal immigrants have disappeared off the Home Office's radar, it has emerged.

Politics
The group is calling for childcare to be subsidised from when a child is six months old

Campaigners protest to improve rights for working mothers

A campaign to improve rights for working mothers is being stepped up with a series of protests across the UK.

Politics
Edwina Currie, junior health minister in the 80s

You can't ban making a pass at someone from workplace - Edwina Currie

A former Conservative junior minister has said people need to learn how to reject advances at work "without upsetting people".
Politics
Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the UK's lead test pilot, using a specialist fighter jet simulator at BAE Systems in Warton

Role of simulator hailed in preparing pilots for flying new fighter

A specialist fighter jet simulator facility, where a cost-saving landing method was developed, is a "critical piece of the puzzle" for pilots preparing for flight trials off HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Politics
Across the UK, 35 million plastic bottles and 20 million aluminium cans are sold every day

Councils could save £35m from cashback schemes for bottles and cans

Cash-strapped councils could save up to £35 million a year from the introduction of a "deposit refund system" for drinks bottles and cans in England, a report suggests.

Environment
The author, playwright and broadcaster Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett urges public funding of 'indispensable' libraries

Libraries are a vital community service and should be publicly funded, Alan Bennett has said.

Politics
Prime Minister Theresa May

What would trigger a Tory Party leadership contest?

As speculation mounts over the Prime Minister's future, here is a look at how Theresa May could be replaced.

Politics
The IPCC subsequently issued new guidance earlier this year

Watchdog receives scores of reports of police officers abusing position for sex

Scores of allegations that police officers and staff abused their position for sex have been reported to a watchdog in the last six months, it has emerged.

Politics
Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference

May vows to end 'rip-off' energy bills

Energy firms will face a price cap on "rip-off" bills under plans announced by Theresa May.

Politics
34% of Leave voters admit having racist attitudes, research finds (PA Archive)

34% of Leave voters admit having racist attitudes, research finds

Britons who voted Leave in the EU referendum are more likely to describe themselves as "racially prejudiced" than those who voted Remain, according to new research.

Politics
Leigh MP Jo Platt

Election race for MP's old council seat

The race for the vacant Wigan Council chamber seat formerly held by Leigh MP Jo Platt is under way.

Politics
Ged Fitzgerald was suspended from his role as chief executive for Liverpool City Council.

Ged Fitzgerald suspended from council role in Liverpool

A former chief executive of Lancashire County Council has been suspended from his current role following an investigation by Lancashire Police.
Politics
Up to 12.4 billion of means-tested benefits were left unclaimed in 2015-16

Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion

Up to £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits – including pension credit, housing benefit and jobseekers and employment support allowance – were left unclaimed in 2015-16, according to new data released by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions.

Politics
Load more