Borough MPs' alarm over Parliament being sidelined on Syria

MPs from the borough have expressed their concern Parliament was not consulted before the recent airstrikes on Syria.
A motion condemning abuse of public figures online has been proposed for full council by Coun Paula Wakefield (left) and has been criticised by independent candidate Jim Ellis (right)

Wigan Council to debate disgusting online abuse

The targeting of high-profile public figures, especially women, for disgusting abuse online is to be debated by Wigan Council this week.
Jimmy O'Neill - standing in Ince

Canvassing begins as Wigan election looms

An outspoken music promoter, a former council worker, a controversial comedian and a father and son duo are among those seeking election.

MP Jo Platt

MP demands funding boost to save councils from financial ruin

A local MP has warned that councils are facing an unprecedented funding crisis, with some in danger of ruin.
Wigan Town Hall

Project aims to encourage Wigan women to enter politics

A project aimed at encouraging women to run for political office is holding an event to inspire Wiganers.

Returning officer Donna Hall

No police probe into Wigan official over scrapped by-election

The returning officer at the centre of the Bryn by-election which was ruled unlawful by a top judge will not face a police investigation.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell

Councils’ plea for Labour government fund pledge

Cash-strapped Labour councils have called on John McDonnell to commit to handing local authorities extra fund-raising powers on “day one” of a Labour government.

Robert Bleakley

Better behaviour in chamber as complaints about Wigan councillors fall

Town hall chiefs have recorded a “notable decrease” in the number of complaints against Wigan’s once notoriously badly-behaved councillors.
Councillor Bob Brierley

Another probe launched into councillor’s conduct

A maverick councillor’s actions are once again being looked into under the council’s standards procedures.

Wigan and Leigh Green Party chairman Will Patterson

Wigan Green chief's doubts over environmental masterplan

A leading Wigan environmental campaigner has cast doubts on the region’s attempts to go green ahead of a major summit.

Marsh green primary school in Wigan

Wigan MP's dismay over planned changes to free school meals

Government plans to change the free school meals rules are “cruel” and will make vulnerable families suffer.

Philip Hammond

LIVE: Spring statement 2018

Here we'll bring you all the latest from the Chancellor Philip Hammond's spring statement.
Chancellor Philip Hammond

SPRING STATEMENT: Philip Hammond expected to promise voters 'light at the end of the tunnel'

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to offer voters a glimmer of light as he delivers his first spring statement against a slew of positive economic indicators.
Leigh MP Jo Platt

MP’s concern over unanswered questions

MP Jo Platt has written to a parliamentary body outlining her concerns about poor answers to more than 50 questions she has posed over Brexit.
Donna Hall and Jim Ellis

New ‘tapegate’ libel war looms

A former Wigan councillor says he is considering suing the town hall for a second time after he accused bosses of repeating the slur that led to his getting a libel payout in the first place.

Wigan Town Hall

Wigan councillors pass borough's budget

The borough’s elected representatives approved the local authority’s budget for the next 12 months at the full council meeting.
The development on Rectory Lane, Standish

Controversial new Wigan housing plan to go up before committee

Controversial plans for hundreds more homes on a former golf course will be heard by the planning committee.

MP Yvonne Fovargue

MP backs drive to give consumers more rights

A local MP has given her full backing to her former employer’s campaign to help shoppers struggling with faulty goods and poor service.

Lizzie Griffiths from Wigan Steam with Linda Thomas from GMCA and Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall

Full steam ahead for arts hub with regional funding

A Wigan cultural organisation is celebrating making history after receiving a share of regional arts funding.


Mayor Andy put on spot at Q&A night

The Mayor of Greater Manchester was quizzed by Wiganers on an array of subjects at a public question time event last night.

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