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Liverpool bid for statue to Beatles Manager

In Liverpool it seems like you can't turn a corner in Liverpool without happening upon some kind of tribute to the Beatles. But there isn't one for their manager Brian Epstein - He died aged just 33 in 1967. Now a new project's underway to get a statue of the man built and put on display in the city. The fundraising is starting with a single 'Our Friend' that's being supported by singers and celebrities from the city.

North West terror threat 'severe' - business leaders told to be vigilant

Business leaders attend launch of Counter Terrorism Awareness week Credit: ITV Granada

Business leaders are attending the launch in Manchester of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week. Guests have been told the current threat level is classed as 'severe' meaning an attack on this country is highly likely. Businesses have been asked to help the police by being more vigilant of suspicious activity.


Voting begins for day one of The People's Millions

Lines are now open for day one of voting in The People’s Millions competition.

Today in the Granada region, Girls in Motorsports go head to head with Hindley Swim Squad.

The People's Millions Credit: ITV

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Click here for details of how to vote and for terms visit

The People’s Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund.

We want to help projects that capture the public’s imagination, inspire local people toget involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

Grant boost for bereavement charity

Winston's Wish will be able to expand services across the North West Credit: ITV

A childhood bereavement charity has received £364,560 to expand its support for children in the North West.

Winston's Wish secured the grant from the Big Lottery Fund via the Reaching Communities programme.

It will use the funding to extend its services in the North West over the next three years, including the provision of drop-in sessions for youngsters and their families.

The grant will fund two senior practitioners and contribute towards the general running costs involved in providing therapeutic bereavement support in the region, estimated at £512,000 for the three-year period.

Other funding will be secured through community fundraising, partnerships, trusts and voluntary donations.


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NHS: 'Robust plans' in place to deal with strike

"Robust plans" are in place to protect patients during a four-hour strike by thousands of health workers today, NHS England said.

Around 150 police officers will drive or help crew ambulances in London as part of the plans, with paramedics among those walking out in the row over pay.

NHS organisations have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action.

We are working with the NHS to ensure there are robust plans for November 24 that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients.

– NHS England spokeswoman
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NHS workers to stage four-hour strike in pay row

NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike today in a row with the Government over pay.

Members of 11 unions will walk out for four hours today in the row over pay. Credit: PA Wire

Midwives, nurses, radiographers, paramedics and psychiatric staff will walk out from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the Government's refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said the second strike in a month should "sound alarm bells" in Westminster as the "anger is spreading".

A Department of Health spokesperson said the government "can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs".

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If they privatise the NHS is it such a big deal?

YouTuber Leena (aka justkissmyfrog) believes a basic health service is "a given for any society claiming to be civilised."

In her policy video for Leaders Live, she worries that privatisation of the NHS will lead to "survival of the richest" and pledges to grill political leaders on why "even scraping the top of NHS funding ever even entered their minds".

What will you ask political leaders when they tackle young people's questions in a series of live streamed Q&As on YouTube?

Police Forces unite for counter terrorism awareness

Police forces across the North West are encouraging people and businesses to be prepared to play their part in keeping the country safe from terrorism during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week (CTAW).

CTAW is a national campaign highlighting the work police officers and partners are carrying out to protect the North West and the rest of the UK.

ACC Ian Wiggett, the North West lead for counter terrorism said: "This is not about scaring people, but highlighting that everybody, from law enforcement to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism. We encourage people to be vigilant to things that are out of place or suspicious and report it to the police."

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