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‘Development plan has not gone away’

Campaigners are urging Wigan residents to keep a controversial development plan at the forefront of their minds in the coming months.
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Coun Keith Cunliffe

Second councillor announces MP bid

A second Labour councillor has entered the race to become the borough's newest MP.
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Coun Jo Platt

Councillor bids to become an MP

A councillor has announced she hopes to swap the council chamber for Parliament by standing in the general election.

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Yvonne Fovargue MP

Labour incumbents bid to retain their MP seats

Wigan borough counterparts Yvonne Fovargue and Lisa Nandy will bid to reclaim their parliamentary seats in June.

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Coun Bob Brierley

Anger at care plan rebuff

Opposition councillors have questioned why a motion about the borough’s social care system could not be heard in the chamber

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Wigan Town Hall

Library reform plan gets green light

Reforms to Wigan borough’s library services that will deliver £1.4m savings but keep all sites open have been given full council approval.

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Andy Burnham

Borough MP to stand down

Borough MP Andy Burnham will step down from the House of Commons after 16 years as representative for Leigh even if he loses out in the mayoral elections.

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The snap general election will take place on June 8

So which party will you vote for?

Wigan will go to the polls twice in as many months with its Labour MPs heralding a chance to shape post-Brexit Britain.

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Protest groups rally again

Protest groups rally again

A second protest will be staged at Wigan town hall this evening about a controversial homes and jobs masterplan impacting on the borough.

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Prime Minister Theresa May

Prime Minister has called an early general election

Theresa May has called an early general election for June 8 in an announcement which has stunned Westminster.
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Wigan Town Hall

Council to vote on merger bid

A proposal for Wigan Council’s standards committee to be subsumed into another could be given the green light this week.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Crackdown on bullying tactics of big business

A campaign backed by Wigan borough’s Labour MPs has been picked up by party leaders in the build up to next month’s local elections.

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Former councillor Gareth Fairhurst

Ex-councillor likens Wigan Council to the Syrian dictatorship

A controversial former councillor’s comments likening Wigan Council to the Syrian dictatorship have been slammed by a refugee charity boss.

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Lisa Nandy

Housing benefit cuts slammed

Wigan’s MP has slammed changes to housing benefit which has left families in the borough entitled to just 50p per week.

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Review: Moor Hall; Taste of success at historic hall with a touch of Lancashire class

Review: Moor Hall; Taste of success at historic hall with a touch of Lancashire class

Moor Hall is a building with a back story at the beginning of an auspicious new chapter in its life.

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Wigan Town Hall

Scrutiny for top job pay

Council bosses have justified high salaries for top local authority officers amid criticism town halls are not offering value for money.

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Presenter David Dimbleby, during filming for BBC's Question Time

Election night flagship telly show in town

A flagship politics discussion programme is coming to Wigan for a broadcast on the night of the Greater Manchester mayoral election.

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Question Time host David Dimbleby. (Photo: BBC).

Question Time coming to Wigan

One of the best-known current affairs programmes on television is coming to Wigan.

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Council staff are proud of the inspection result

Inspection success for frontline services

Watchdogs have awarded Wigan Council’s children’s services a “Good” rating following an inspection earlier this year.

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Gareth Fairhurst (left) with Coun George Fairhurst and Coun Debbie Fairhurst

Row erupts over 'fake' councillor complaints

Town hall bosses have taken the unprecedented step of warning residents about a “fake councillor” as a long-running dispute re-ignites.

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