Review of medicinal use of cannabis launched by Home Secretary

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the medicinal use of cannabis which could lead to patients in the UK being prescribed drugs derived from the banned plant.
MPs Lisa Nandy and Yvonne Fovargue

MPs blast credit roll-out

MPs from the borough have delivered a scathing verdict on the controversial Universal Credit after a national report criticised the roll-out.
Ambulances lined up.

Paramedics across the north west are going on strike today - and more could follow suit soon

Paramedics across the North West are today going on strike – with further industrial action looming on the horizon.
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Welsh Assembly committee launches pothole photography competition

A pothole competition has been launched by a Welsh Assembly committee.
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Prime Minister weighs in on row over World Cup flags

Theresa May has said she hopes that a way can be found for all England football fans to be able to show their support for the team by flying flags during the World Cup.
The campaign angered Home Secretary Sajid Javid

Lush 'spycops' campaign returns to shops across the UK

A controversial campaign criticising undercover policing methods has returned to high street cosmetics chain Lush.

MP's frustration over 'logbook loans' inaction

A local MP has slammed Government inaction over centuries-old laws which have led to car owners being harassed for loan debts.
Coun Ron Conway and Coun Chris Ready (right)  outside the former Rose Variety Club - planned developments will create hundreds of new houses

Wigan councillor calls for more homes to boost community

A councillor is calling on developers planning to build hundreds of homes in his ward to ensure they give enough back to the community.


Councillor's anger at standards referral in election row

An outspoken opposition councillor has furiously hit out after being told he has again been referred to the standards process.
Wigan Council leader Coun David Molyneux

New-look top table unveiled at council

Wigan Council’s new leader has unveiled the cabinet which will form the borough’s senior political leadership team.

New Wigan Council leader Coun David Molyneux

New leader's listening pledge and praise for Wigan economy

Wigan Council’s newly-appointed leader has pledged to listen as he praised his predecessor’s work putting the borough on economic track.

The referendum in June 2016

Tory MP calls for a Brexit bank holiday in June

A Brexit bank holiday should be created to mark the June 23 referendum result, a Tory MP has said.

The bill would prohibit cash machine charges

Labour MP: Ban rip-off cash machine charges

A Labour MP has called for a change in the law to ban "rip-off" cash machine charges.

New leader - Coun David Molyneux

New leader of Wigan Council names his top priorities

The new leader of Wigan Council has spoken of his pride at taking on the role and set out his key priorities after being unanimously voted into the post.
Lisa Nandy MP

Wigan MP calls for railway to be renationalised

MP Lisa Nandy has called for one of Wigan’s key rail franchises to be brought back into public ownership - amid concerns over delays and overcrowded trains.

Lord Peter Smith and Prince Harry when His Royal Highness visited Wigan

End of an era for Lord Smith and Wigan Council

One of the longest serving council leaders in the UK, Lord Peter Smith, has announced he is stepping down after 27 years in charge of Wigan Council.

Lord Peter Smith

Council leader Lord Peter Smith quits after 27 years

Wigan Council’s leader Lord Smith has sensationally quit after 27 years in charge at the town hall.
The Resolution Foundation Intergenerational Commission has said that pensioners who continue to work should pay national insurance to fund a 2.3 billion windfall for the NHS.

Pensioners who continue to work face paying national insurance to help fund the NHS

Pensioners who continue to work should pay national insurance to fund a £2.3 billion windfall for the NHS, an influential commission has recommended.

Tumultuous local election night as independents and Conservatives make gains

Labour suffered a bad night at the polls, losing seats across the borough in the local elections.
Homeless champions at the conference held at The Edge this week, including Donna Hall and Andy Burnham

Project launched to tackle Wigan's homelessness crisis

A new programme dedicated to putting the borough’s homeless and rough sleepers in touch with support services has been launched.

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