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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.

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Bin collecting in Platt Bridge

Residents to foot the bill for lost bins

Wigan residents will have to fork out to replace lost waste bins as part of cost-saving measures by the council.

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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.

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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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Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall

Fallout over conference's 'all-male panel'

Wigan Council’s top officer has added her voice to growing condemnation of a northern powerhouse event at the centre of an inequality storm.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Protesters on Market Place

Demonstration in town centre against Trump’s state visit invite

Protesters took to the streets of Wigan once more to object to US president Donald Trump’s policies and oppose him receiving a state visit.

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Yvonne Fovargue MP

MP blasts Concentrix as more case reviews start

A local MP has hit out at scandal-hit firm Concentrix as the Government announced a review of thousands of cases of people being wrongly stripped of tax credits.

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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.

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Labour MP for Makerfield Yvonne Fovargue

The Yvonne Fovargue column: ‘Health centre a real boost’

The decision to grant planning permission for a new Health Centre is fantastic news for patients and the NHS in Ashton in Makerfield.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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A Wigan protest took place earlier this month to coincide with President Trumps inauguration

MPs condemn Trump policies

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

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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.
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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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