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Calls for younger blood donors

Calls for younger blood donors Credit: PA

Youngsters in the North West are being called on to become blood donors. Figures released today show just 12.3% of seventeen to twenty seven year olds give blood compared to more than 50% of people aged over 45.

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Alton Towers sentencing over Smiler crash

Alton tower sentencing over Smiler crash Credit: Granada Reports

The operators of the Alton Towers theme park are facing a hefty fine after a woman from Lancashire ended up losing a leg after a rollercoaster crash.

Vicky Balch was among five people seriously injured on the Smiler Ride last June.

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd has been told it should expect a "very large fine" for health and safety breaches which led to a carriage on the £18 million ride smashing into an empty car on the rollercoaster.

Some of those left trapped on the ride after the crash in June last year are expected to attend the two-day sentencing hearing at Stafford Crown Court.

Derek Hatton on Labour Party unity

The Labour Party conference has opened in Liverpool following the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader.

The big question challenging delegates is how to unite the different wings of the party. Among those attending is Derek Hatton former deputy leader of the city council and former Militant campaigner.

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Hundreds join hospital protest

Protestors march through Liverpool

A rally's been held to protest at plans for Liverpool Women's Hospital.

Hundreds marched from the hospital in Toxteth to the Labour Party conference on the waterfront.

A review's under way which could see the hospital moved from its current site.

The hospital says says there is no threat to services.

'Spirit of Istanbul' takes Labour MPs to victory

John Bishop during a football match between Labour Party members and journalists Credit: PA Images

Comedian John Bishop and a team of Labour MPs invoked the spirit of Istanbul as they came from behind to beat journalists in a football challenge match in Liverpool.

The MPs found themselves 3-0 down at half-time at their annual party conference set-piece against the press.

But they turned things around in the second half following an Andy Burnham team talk in which the shadow home secretary called for the side to draw inspiration from Liverpool's Champions League final win in Istanbul in 2005, when captain Steven Gerrard inspired the Reds to come back from the same margin to draw 3-3 with AC Milan, before beating them on penalties.

The MPs did exactly as Mr Burnham suggested, scoring three unanswered goals, with the match finishing all-square at full time.

They then took victory after a penalty shoot-out, with Bishop scoring the decisive spot-kick.

"All Andy kept on saying is, 'remember Istanbul', which for Andy Burnham as an Everton supporter is probably not the best thing to say.

"It turned out very prophetic, because that's what happened."

– John Bishop
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