In our continuing look at the region's key marginals Ann O'Connor goes to Warrington South where it's all to play for in a seat where the Conservatives have a slim majority
Here's the full list of candidates for the Warrington South seat in the General Election 2015
- Bob Barr Liberal Democrat
- Kevin Bennett TUSC
- Nick Bent Labour
- Stephanie Davies, Green
- Mal Lingley UKIP
- David Mowat Conservative
Of all the things you might expect to see in a busy city centre, dozens of anglers fishing for pike and carp would perhaps seem the least likely.
But an agreement between a canals charity and the world's oldest angling club means it should happen on the Rochdale canal in Manchester.
Its once polluted waters are now clean enough to allow it to be restocked with fish. Adam McClean reports
A brave shopkeeper who was stabbed defending his business from a raider has ben speaking of his ordeal.
Ali Akhtar was undeterred when the man jumped over his counter with a large knife determined to rob his takings from the shop in Flixton.
His courageous fightback was all caught on CCTV
Our correspondent Rob Smith has been talking to him
One of the biggest children's hospitals in Europe is undergoing a complete transformation. A new Alder Hey is being built in Liverpool and it's nearing completion.
The hospital which will open its doors later this year will have have more operating space and better facilities for patients' families.
Victoria Grimes has been to check out its progress:
No-one will face prosecution over the deaths of babies at the Furness Hospital maternity unit. That's despite a report last month saying the department had what it called a lethal mix of problems at the time the children died. A police investigation and an inquiry by the Health and Safety Executive have ended with no charges against any staff or managers. With more details here's our correspondent Ashley Derricott:
The parents of a man from Merseyside say they've finally got justice for their son, more than five years after he was struck outside a nightclub, and three years after his death. At Liverpool Crown Court this afternoon, a bouncer was convicted of the manslaughter of 26 year old Scott Sheard. Stuart Humphreys had admitted pushing Mr Sheard claiming he'd been threatened. Our reporter Tim Scott was in court:
The City of Chester has played host to the Romans, the Vikings and the Normans - all of whom fought for and claimed the city as their own. Today, a very different fight is taking place. The Conservative Party won the seat from Labour at the 2010 General Election. Both parties have made winning this time a top priority. Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has been to visit this key battleground constituency.
Eleven members of a Preston based drugs gang have been sentenced to more than 82 years in jail for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The gang used Avenham Park in Preston to stash drugs and firearms and deal drugs.
Shocking images have been released of injuries suffered by a shopkeeper from Flixton as he fought off a robber armed with a knife. Ali Akhtar was undeterred when the man jumped over his counter with a large knife determined to rob his takings from the shop in Flixton. His fightback was all caught on CCTV