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Battle continues in Liverpool to save children's centres

A rally planned to protest the closure of Liverpool's children's centres has gone ahead despite the centres being given a temporary stay of execution.

The news that all 17 of Liverpool’s SureStart children’s centres would remain open broke earlier this week, to the delight of parents and staff.

Mayor Joe Anderson announced he had found the £3m needed to keep the centres running but only until 2017.

But Save Liverpool Children's Centres announced the rally they had organised for Saturday at the Pier Head would still go ahead to celebrate although the war on cuts to children's services was still on.

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Football fans warned of diversions as motorway closes

One of our busiest motorways is to close this evening, which could mean a weekend of problems for thousands of drivers.

The M56 is being shut near Manchester Airport while a new bridge is lowered into place.

United supporters are being urged to follow the official diversions for tomorrow's match at Old Trafford, and on Sunday, City fans are being warned to use alternative motorways for their game at Anfield.

Ralph Blunsom reports:-

Greater Manchester handed £6-billion in health spending

Greater Manchester has been handed £6 billion worth of health spending, in what the government is calling an historic day.

It's the first area in the country to get control of every penny it spends on health and social care.

News of the 'memorandum of understanding,' signed in Manchester today leaked earlier in the week.

So is it the start of local decisions taken by local people or the beginning of the end for our National Health Service?

Here's our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue:

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