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Mayoral candidates call for HS2 investment promise

Artistst's impression of HS2 Credit: pa

The Labour mayoral candidates for Greater Manchester and Liverpool are calling for the prime minister to honour pledges to invest in high speed rail services.

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram challenged Theresa May to follow through with plans for HS2, a fast route between London, the Midlands and the North and HS3, a fast route between Manchester and Leeds.

Andy Bonner reports:

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MP: Pregnant women 'need more protection' in workplace

Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner is calling on the government to eliminate pregnancy-related discrimination in the workplace.

New research has found more than one in 10 pregnant women and new mothers reported being dismissed or forced out of their job.

MPs on the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee called for a German-style system which would ban employers from making women redundant during and after pregnancy except in specific exceptional circumstances.

The committee also called for a "substantial" cut in the £1,200 fee for women taking a pregnancy-related discrimination case to an employment tribunal.

What's bringing Chinese investment to the North West?

What impact is Chinese investment having in the North West?

Following President Xi Xinping's historic visit last year, Chinese investors have began to pour billions into Manchester.

But, as more and more Chinese citizens buy property in the city, there are concerns rents will rise and outprice locals.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt has been investigating:

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Liverpool chosen as Northern HQ for doctors group

Liverpool has been chosen as the new Northern headquarters for one of the world’s most renowned medical institutions – The Royal College of Physicians (RCP). The investment deal is being hailed as more proof of a committment to the Northern Powerhouse championed by former Chancellor George Osborne.
It will be the RCP's first centre of excellence outside London. Liverpool’s successful bid will see the RCP become the first anchor tenant of the Mayor of Liverpool’s £1bn flagship scheme to establish a world leading medical and scientific research hub. Its hoped it will lead to the creation of thousands of highly skilled jobs in the region.

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