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House price rises in parts of the North West outstrip London

Property values in Manchester and Liverpool are rising faster than London Credit: PA

House prices in Liverpool and Manchester are now rising more quickly than in London, according to new figures.

Property analysts Hometrack say values in Manchester increased by 8.3 per cent, in the year to January, with Liverpool up by 7.1 per cent. Both outstripped London, where house prices rose by 6.4 per cent.

"Growth in London," says Hometrack's Richard Donnell, "has been superseded by large regional cities such as Manchester and Liverpool."

North West staff 'work £3bn in unpaid overtime'

Workers are putting in large amounts of unpaid overtime, according to the TUC Credit: PA

The TUC says workers in the North West are giving their employers almost £3bn a year in unpaid overtime.

It claims that 538,521 people worked an average of 7.3 hours extra, every week in 2016, without pay.

Few of us mind putting in some extra time when it’s needed. But if it happens all the time and gets taken for granted, that’s a problem. The best bosses understand that a long-hours culture doesn’t get good results.

– Lynn Collins, TUC North West


Peugeot boss meets union leader over Vauxhall deal

Industry experts fear Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant could close Credit: PA

The chairman of Peugeot-Citroen is meeting the leader of the Unite union later today, to discuss the future of Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory.

Carlos Tavares' car firm looks set to take over Vauxhall and its sister company Opel. He will hold talks with Unite's General Secretary, Len McCluskey, in London.

Mr Tavares has already suggested that a merger would lead to "speedy" cost savings. Some industry experts believe those would include closing the Ellesmere Port plant.

Storm Doris tears down IoM trees, power lines and roofs

Tree near the Nunnery, Douglas Credit: Cathy Mitchell
Collapsed power lines were a plenty today Credit: IOM Fire and Rescue Service Facebook

Winds of up to 70mph were recorded on the Isle of Man at the peak of Storm Doris.

Power lines collapsed across the island and Manx Utilities were forced to turn the power off in areas for safety.

A van driver has been seriously injured after a tree collapsed onto the back of his vehicle and parts of the roof of a McDonalds' were blown off.

While the worst of the weather may have passed, residents can still find updates on the Department of Infrastructure website, IOM Police social media pages and Manx Utilities for what to do.

One man was seriously injured after this tree collpased onto his van. Credit: Mann Recovery Services Facebook
Car suffers a beating from this tree in Douglas Credit: Nathan Mills
Credit: Emma Mustill
What's left of a glass table, Onchan Credit: Clive Hesketh

Mowbray: no guarantee Rovers can escape relegation

Tony Mowbray has been speaking at his first Rovers press conference in the last hour.

With relegation looming he says he wants to inspire his players.

He's got his work cut out with the club in deep trouble and sitting second from bottom in the Championship.

With 15 games to go the former Celtic and Middlesbrough manager replaces Owen Coyle.

He's the seventh appointment in six years by Indian owners Venkys.

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