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ITV Granada poll: Should there be limits on immigration from within the European Union?

Former immigration minister and Oldham and Saddleworth MP Phil Woolas says the Labour Party "must do more" to tackle the immigration issue.

We'll be talking to him, and the other parties, on the next edition of ITV Granada's Party People.

But what do you think? Should the Government limit immigration from EU countries? Take part in our poll below:

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Four years jail for primary school teacher who abused pupils in class

Anthony Kerr was jailed for four years. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A "shocking and blatant" teacher who groped boys during primary school lessons has been jailed for four years.

Anthony Kerr, 71, of Netherlees, Oldham, had earlier pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to 29 historical offences of sexual assault.

The offences relate to sexual abuse of nine boys during their time at St Martin's primary school in Fitton Hill between 1979 and 1982.

Nine victims told the police that Kerr would encourage boys to sit on his knee at the front of class while reading out load.

He would then sexually assault them.

In addition to his four years imprisonment, Kerr was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Kerr's shocking and blatant abuse of innocent children has left a lasting scar on all his victims.

"Not only did he sexual abuse young boys, but he did it in front of the whole class. This added an extra element of humiliation to his crimes as the abuse was common knowledge among classmates.

"Without the bravery of all his victims, particularly the first one to come forward, we would not be in a position to see Kerr finally receive his punishment.

"Their courage should hopefully encourage any other victims of sexual abuse to now come forward and speak to the police."

– Detective Constable Sue Chadwick, Greater Manchester Police
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Liverpool University postpones Hogan-Howe ceremony

The University of Liverpool has apologised to the Hillsborough families after deciding to postpone a ceremony to award Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe an honorary degree.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Credit: PA Wire

Hogan-Howe was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in December over his role at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 where 96 people died.

The commissioner was due to receive the award in recognition of his time as Chief Constable to Merseyside at a ceremony in December.

Campaigners said they were "appalled" by the university's "insensitivity".

“We are deeply sorry if we have inadvertently caused any distress to the Hillsborough families. All of us feel great sensitivity to the families at this difficult time,” deputy vice-chancellor Patrick Hackett said.

Manchester MP piles pressure on abuse inquiry chief

South Manchester MP John Leech has submitted a parliamentary motion calling on the Chair of the Historic Child Sex Abuse inquiry Fiona Woolf to stand down.

He said he wants an inquiry that is transparent, independent and would challenge the establishment.

“I submitted this EDM because I want an inquiry that the victims of historic sex abuse can have faith in.

"That allows the victims the chance to give evidence.

"That challenges the establishment and makes clear that those who have done wrong, or covered up abuse, are going to be brought to justice.”

– John Leech MP


Teenage cyclist stabbed in Salford

The incident happened on Bolton Road in Irlams O Th Height. Credit: Google maps.

A teenager suffered a stab wound to his leg after being attacked in Salford.

The 18-year-old man was cycling along Bolton Road in Irlams O Th Height when he was attacked yesterday afternoon.

Four men got out of a car and one of the group was heard to say "stab him".

The teenager was stabbed in the leg. He suffered a 10cm deep wound which needed hospital treatment.

After the attack, the victim ran to a nearby dental surgery to raise the alarm and the four men drove off.

The attackers have not been described but police are appealing to anyone with information about the stabbing to come forward.

The teenager was stabbed yesterday. Credit: Google Street View

"We are dealing with what appears to be a random, motiveless attack on a young man.

"He was out minding his own business with his friends when he was attacked for no apparent reason, suffering a serious and deep stab wound to his leg which has needed hospital treatment.

"We need to find the culprits and I would encourage anyone who has information about what happened to come forward and help us.

"If you know what happened, or you witnessed the attack itself, or perhaps you suspect who may be responsible, then please call us."

– Detective Sergeant Julie Connor, Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5351 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Van Gaal a 'good choice', says Fergie

Sir Alex, his successor David Moyes and Manchester United's current manager Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the "formidable" Louis van Gaal to restore the club's fortunes.

The 63-year-old Dutchman is currently attempting to revitalise United after replacing David Moyes at Old Trafford in the summer.

Writing in his updated autobiography, Ferguson described Van Gaal as "a good choice".

He said: "Louis, who took the job, is what I would call a managers' coach. He's one of these committed ultra-professionals. Football is his life.

"Wherever he has managed, every footballer will have learned from him. He's strong, single-minded, as he showed again with the Netherlands at the World Cup - a marvellously entertaining tournament which supported my earlier point about teams counter-attacking nowadays en masse.

"I like Louis and have always had a good rapport with him. If I had to choose one word for him it would be 'formidable'.

"His urge is to play attractive football. He likes to watch players play and players train and to be involved at all levels, including in the development of young players.

"His background at Ajax shows that his faith in youth will not diminish. He was a good choice."

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