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Court drama as Bryn by-election ruled ‘not lawful’ and scrapped

A top judge has ruled tomorrow’s Bryn by-election should be halted as an independent politician never resigned as councillor.

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Coun Steve Jones

More court drama ahead over Bryn by-election

A Wigan politician and the council are back in court today after a sensational last-ditch bid to have a top judge hear issues with the Bryn by-election was successful.

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Coun Bob Brierley

Councillor's anger after town hall meeting shut down over recording row

An outspoken opposition councillor is back in the headlines over his use of recording equipment after a meeting was abandoned.

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Andy Burnham

Greater Manchester Mayor to hold Q&A session at Wigan venue

Wiganers will get their first chance to grill the Mayor of Greater Manchester on the region’s hottest topics at a public question time event.

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Gareth Fairhurst and Steve Jones outside court

By-election goes on but Wigan politician gets judicial review

The turmoil over an independent politician’s exit from the chamber shows no sign of ending after a dramatic day in court.
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Gareth Fairhurst and Steve Jones outside court

Wigan politician's legal campaign rolls on

A Wigan politician's legal campaign against the council over his exit from the chamber goes on.
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Steve Jones

Wigan councillor resignation row heading for court

An independent politician is ready for a showdown in court with Wigan Council over his controversial exit from the chamber.
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Wigan Town Hall

Wigan Council tax frozen but bills will still rise by 3%

Wigan Council has managed to freeze what it charges residents - but Government decisions mean council tax bills in the borough will be going up anyway.
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Elected MPs need to stand up for a free press and local democracy

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press. It is very much to be welcomed.
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The £500m new trains heading to the North West

Bosses at train operator Northern are on a mission.

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Police and a man dressed as Elmo outside a polling station

These are the people who still cannot vote in the UK

The right to vote is afforded to the majority of the population of the UK, but there are still demographics to whom it remains off limits.

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Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue has spoken out against "rip-off" parking firms

MP: Act on rogue parking companies

A local MP has given her backing to parliamentary action on rip-off parking firms as the problem was debated in the House of Commons.

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Peter Franzen

Ex-councillor's fury at 'heavy-handed' raid and arrest

Police have raided the house of a former Wigan Council opposition leader amid claims of harassing the town hall’s chief executive.
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Jo Platt MP speaking in Parliament

MPs demand information and clarity on Brexit

MPs from the borough have been demanding to know more about what Brexit means for the area and for politics.

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Voters will be able to choose who sits in the council chamber at Wigan Town Hall

Final four revealed for Wigan Council by-election battle

Four candidates will head out on the campaign trail as voters head to the ballot box for a controversial by-election.

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David Molyneux

Fears over delays to new prosperity fund

A senior councillor has urged the government to speed up a proposed “shared prosperity fund” to replace the millions spent in Wigan and Leigh by European funding.

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Yvonne Fovargue MP

Hundreds trapped in Universal Credit rent crisis

Almost 1,500 residents are trapped in a rent arrears crisis caused by the government’s controversial changes to the universal credit system.

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Steve Jones

Threat of court action over Wigan councillor's chamber exit

Supporters of an opposition politician at the centre of a bitter row about his resignation hope to take their case to the country’s highest courts.
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Jo Platt MP

Police cuts putting residents at risk, says MP

A local MP has told a Government minister police cuts across the region are putting residents at risk during parliamentary proceedings.
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An EU flag flies in the face of Parliament

Wigan campaigners clash on Brexit poll

Remain and Leave campaigners from the borough had very different views after a shock poll suggested Wiganers want to stay in the EU.
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