Opt-out organ donation system moves closer

Families should overcome the "fatal reluctance" to talk aboutorgan donation, the Health Secretary urged as he launched a consultation into plans for an opt-out system.

Former councillor Joe Shaw

Sex offenders and yobs barred from town halls?

Registered sex offenders and convicted yobs should no longer be allowed to be elected as councillors, politicians in Wigan have been told.

Ashley Highfield

New reporters 'to hold local councils to account'

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
Gareth Fairhurst

Council probe launched in community funding row

Wigan Council is looking into an opposition activist’s claims that the town hall was too quick to award taxpayers’ money to schemes backed by elected representatives.

Yvonne Fovargue

Lives being put at risk by brigade cuts, MP claims

A borough MP says that lives are being put at risk by the latest slew of Government cuts to the fire service.

MP Lisa Nandy

MP defends 'Top 10' expenses list appearance

MP Lisa Nandy has defended her record after being named in the top 10 claimers at Westminster in the latest round of parliamentary expenses.
MP Jo Platt

Sex offences help offered

Extra efforts are being made to ensure the more effective prosecution of rape and sexual assault cases, according to the Attorney General.

Coroner Peter Sigee warned that cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes

New pothole repair rules will increase risk of cycling deaths, coroner warns

Cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes, a coroner has warned.

The disgraced former Tory deputy chairman believes the country is "sick of elections"

Lord Archer: Corbyn will become Prime Minister if election is held next year

Lord Jeffrey Archer has predicted the Conservatives will lose the next election if it takes place in 2018.

At the end of last year, there were nearly 56,000 "declared absconders"

56,000 foreign nationals disappear off Home Office radar

Tens of thousands of foreign nationals including convicted criminals and illegal immigrants have disappeared off the Home Office's radar, it has emerged.

Damian Edwardson on election night

Councillor's surprise departure over work pressure

A popular backbench councillor has resigned in an unexpected move, saying work pressures have not left him enough time for politics.
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy

Wigan MP says party whips covered up sex abuse claims

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy says she has made three requests to the Prime Minister to act over claims party whips used reports of abuse to control MPs instead of dealing with the issues.

The group is calling for childcare to be subsidised from when a child is six months old

Campaigners protest to improve rights for working mothers

A campaign to improve rights for working mothers is being stepped up with a series of protests across the UK.

Edwina Currie, junior health minister in the 80s

You can't ban making a pass at someone from workplace - Edwina Currie

A former Conservative junior minister has said people need to learn how to reject advances at work "without upsetting people".
Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the UK's lead test pilot, using a specialist fighter jet simulator at BAE Systems in Warton

Role of simulator hailed in preparing pilots for flying new fighter

A specialist fighter jet simulator facility, where a cost-saving landing method was developed, is a "critical piece of the puzzle" for pilots preparing for flight trials off HMS Queen Elizabeth.

BrightHouse has been rapped by the Financial Conduct Authority

MP Yvonne welcomes BrightHouse watchdog rap

An MP from the borough has welcomed a heavy penalty for notorious rent-to-own company BrightHouse after she chaired a report on the sector.
Sheila Ramsdale (left) with Owen Jones and Lisa Nandy MP

Labour party chair Sheila resigns

A local Labour party stalwart has announced her sudden resignation to concentrate on the campaign for a statue honouring Wigan’s mining past.

Across the UK, 35 million plastic bottles and 20 million aluminium cans are sold every day

Councils could save £35m from cashback schemes for bottles and cans

Cash-strapped councils could save up to £35 million a year from the introduction of a "deposit refund system" for drinks bottles and cans in England, a report suggests.

The author, playwright and broadcaster Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett urges public funding of 'indispensable' libraries

Libraries are a vital community service and should be publicly funded, Alan Bennett has said.

Prime Minister Theresa May

What would trigger a Tory Party leadership contest?

As speculation mounts over the Prime Minister's future, here is a look at how Theresa May could be replaced.

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