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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.

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