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.
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.

Complaints can involve multiple allegations

Police receive 100 complaints a day from public, figures reveal

Police are receiving nearly 100 complaints from members of the public every day, new figures show.

Lisa Nandy MP

MPs back Brexit stance after vote

MPs from the borough who voted against the recent Brexit bill in Parliament have strongly defended their decisions following criticism.
The scheme is being "significantly underused"

Little take-up for shared parental leave initiative

Fewer than 1% of eligible mothers and fathers took advantage of the shared parental leave system in the past year, a new report says.

Should Trump be welcomed to the UK?

Queen should not have to face 'racist' Donald Trump on state visit, says Cable

The Queen should not have to face the embarrassment of hosting "racist" US president Donald Trump on a state visit, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has said.
George Osborne

George Osborne reveals his true feelings about our Prime Minister

George Osborne has reportedly claimed he will not rest until Prime Minister Theresa May is "chopped up in bags in my freezer", according to a profile of the chancellor-turned-newspaper editor.

Labour divisions exposed as Theresa May hails 'historic' Brexit Bill victory

Labour's divisions on Europe were left exposed after a mini-rebellion in a series of votes on the Government's flagship Brexit Bill.
Lisa Nandy MP

MP voices ‘complicity’ concern over sex abuse

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has called on the government to put pressure on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to protect the interests of child sexual exploitation victims.

Leigh MP Jo Platt has confirmed her resignation as councillor for the Astley and Mosley Common ward on Wigan Council

Leigh MP stands down as borough councillor

Leigh MP Jo Platt has triggered a by-election by standing down from her borough council seat.
Anne Marie Waters is standing to be leader of UKIP

UKIP leadership hopeful: It's not outrageous to call Islam evil

Calling Islam evil is not an outrageous thing to say and a lot of British people agree with the views of the former leader of far-right English Defence League Tommy Robinson, a Ukip leadership candidate has said.


North Korea 'tests hydrogen bomb' causing tremors

North Korea claims it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon that could be loaded onto a long-range missile.
Investigations found issues including repeated missed collections

Bin collection complaints upheld by watchdog up 12% on last year

The number of complaints about bin collections which were upheld by the local government watchdog rose sharply this year, a report shows.

Seven-year-old asks Jeremy Corbyn: "When will you be Prime Minister?"

Jeremy Corbyn was asked about his plans to become Prime Minister by a seven-year-old girl when he visited a museum in Lancashire.

North West
Bin collection staff are in dispute with Wigan Council

Strike and overtime ban in bin dispute

Bin collectors will down tools for a day and refuse to work overtime in a dispute with the council over shift and overtime changes.

HMS Queen Elizabeth

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.
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.

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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