Tory conference opens

The Conservative Party Conference opens in Manchester with tributes to Grantham-born former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, who died in April at 87. Other Midlands issues including HS2 and defence cuts have been highlighted ahead of the first day.

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Unions protest cuts at Tory conference - full story

Members of the TUC union have protested against government cuts outside the Tory party conference on its opening day in Manchester.

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan told ITV News Central she believed the issue was not a lack of jobs, but a lack of people with the right skills.

Alison Mackenzie reports.

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