The UK's newest aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth

The UK's new £3 billion aircraft carrier is a clear signal the country will remain a fully engaged global power, Theresa May said, as the ship arrived in Portsmouth.
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John Skipworth, who stood for the Lib Dems in Makerfield, at June's General Election

Lib Dems launch bid to recoup lost election deposit

Cash-strapped Liberal Democrats have set up a crowdfunding campaign to recoup their lost deposits from June's snap General Election.

Adult social care was one of the most hotly discussed topics

Ombudsman reveals all on council complaints

The local authority watchdog upheld five complaints about Wigan Council and received 67 complaints and inquiries about the town hall in a 12-month-period, figures reveal.

Cameras have already been given to 17,500 officers

Armed police to wear head cameras

Firearms officers working in the capital will be given head-mounted cameras to boost transparency, more than three years after the plans were first mooted.

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Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim

Tory MEP: Britain's 'ridiculous Brexit mess'

Sajjad Karim is a Conservative member of the European Parliament for the north west. Here he explains why he believes the nation is on a path to 'disaster' and argues his colleagues need to change their approach to leaving the EU.

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European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker

Juncker and Brussels team spent £24,000 on 'air taxi' for one-night trip to Rome

European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker and his team racked up a 27,000 euro (£24,450) expenses bill for European Union taxpayers by chartering a private jet for a one-night visit to Rome.
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Electricity is a rip-off

OPINION: Electricity is a rip-off – we need a truly radical intervention in the energy market

British Gas has raised electricity prices by 12.5% and its rivals are likely to follow suit. Another round of inflation-busting increases has put calls for an energy price cap back on the agenda.

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UNISON members in the Councils Waste Collection Service have voted to take industrial action

Bin workers threaten strike action

UNISON members in the Council’s Waste Collection Service have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over the planned imposition of changes to working practices – including compulsory overtime at Christmas.

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Tony Blair

High court rejects Iraq general's bid for Blair war prosecution

The High Court has blocked a bid by a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army to bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair over the Iraq War.

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One PSPO could ban dog walking, public singing and loitering in one area.

Concern at 'busybody' council powers targeting swearing, dog walking and busking

Councils have accelerated their use of "busybody" powers to criminalise acts such as swearing, dog walking and busking in public spaces, according to a civil liberties group.
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Yvonne Fovargue

MP’s pledge on hearing loss

A local MP pledged to do more to help people with hearing loss back into the workplace following an event in Westminster.

Wigan Town Hall

An extra £24k is found for ‘executive support’

An extra £24,600 is being handed out to three new ‘lead members’ on cash-strapped Wigan Council.

Yvonne Fovargue

MPs support pension campaign

MPs from the borough have continued backing women battling changes to the state pension age following a Westminster debate.

Jo Platt MP making her maiden speech in Parliament

MP’s first speech champions town

The borough’s newest MP used her maiden speech to champion Leigh as well as attack the record of the Government.

Lord Smith

How will we plug a £52m funding gap?

Wigan Council’s leader has backed calls for local government to receive a funding boost.

Wigan Town Hall

Councils ‘should be at front of funding queue’

Securing the financial sustainability of councils and vital local services must be the top priority for the new government, the boss of local government in England will say today.

Yvonne Fovargue MP

Fovargue back on Corbyn’s front bench

Yvonne Fovargue is back on Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench - just over a year after she quit it.

Wigan Trades Council demonstration against the cuts on Market Place

Unions attack Labour council over care plan

Trade unionists have launched a stinging attack on Wigan Council’s social care shake-up which could involve outsourcing provision.

Overflowing bins

Opposition leader’s fury at bin fines plan

A former mayor has hit out at proposals for council house tenants to be fined for putting rubbish in the wrong bins.

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Exterior of St Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens.

Parish councillors guilty of making racial slurs

Two parish councillors from Billinge have been found guilty of bullying residents and hurling racist abuse at a woman during a council meeting.

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