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Labour leader attends North West MP's funeral

Coffin arrives for Jim Dobbin's funeral at St John the Evangelist Cathedral, Salford. Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband arrives at funeral of former Heywood and Middleton MP Jim Dobbin. Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada
The coffin carrying Jim Dobbin's body leaves Salford Cathedral. Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada
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Labour activists gather for party's annual conference

Labour activists will gather today ahead of the start of the party's annual conference following Scotland's decision to reject independence.

Ed Miliband has arrived in Manchester ahead of his party's annual conference. Credit: PA Wire

Ed Miliband arrived in Manchester as Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to ensure English MPs were the only politicians allowed to vote on issues that affect England.

But Mr Miliband said he wants a national debate on the issue of constitutional reform.

Any moves to restrict Scottish MPs' votes on English matters could undermine any future Labour Government.

The Labour event is due to begin with a women's conference as Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero all address activists.

Aviation enthusiasts flock to Southport airshow

Credit: Rodrigo Alarcon-Cielock

Hundreds of people are watching the skies above Southport this weekend as the annual air show takes place.

The highlights include the Red Arrows display team and a Second World War Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Rodrigo Alarcon-Cielock from ITV Granada has photographed the spectacular in previous years. Credit: Rodrigo Alarcon-Cielock
Credit: Rodrigo Alarcon-Cielock


Funeral for North West MP Jim Dobbin

A funeral is taking place in Salford for Labour MP Jim Dobbin who died two weeks ago aged 73 on a trip to Poland.

Friends and relatives are attending a service at St John's Catholic Cathedral followed by a private burial.

Mr Dobbin, MP for Heywood and Middleton in Greater Manchester, had been in the Commons since 1997.

He won the seat with a 5,971 majority in 2010.

The former microbiologist was on a trip to Slupsk in Poland organised by the Council of Europe when he died.

Joint investigation into Stockport fire

Credit: @manchesterfire

Police and firefighters have launched an investigation into a blaze on Adswood Industrial Estate in Stockport.

They were called to a unit at around 3.50 this morning. (Saturday)

Nobody was injured and the fire has now been put out.

Police are warning that some roads in the area may still be closed with diversions in operation.

Credit: @manchesterfire
Credit: @manchesterfire
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British Muslims call for release of IS-held Brit hostage

British Muslim scholars have called for the release of a British aid worker being held by Islamic State, describing the threats against him as "totally prohibited" under Islamic law.

Alan Henning, 47 , the former taxi driver from Manchester, was threatened by IS militants at the end of a video showing the murder of David Haines.

Alan Henning has been threatened by Islamic State militants.

In a YouTube video, Shaykh Haitham Al Haddad appeals for the immediate and "unconditional" release of Henning, telling militants: "executing this man is totally harem (prohibited) according to Sharia."

"Whatever your grievances with American or British foreign policy, executing this man is not the answer," Al Haddad added.

Imam Shakeel Begg, of Lewisham Islamic Centre, says there is "no justification in our religion that allows you to continue to hold him let alone harm him".

The video comes after more than 100 Muslim leaders from across the UK signed an open letter calling for Mr Henning's release.

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