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Southport's success

Southport has seen a tourism boom according to council figures Credit: pa

The seaside town of Southport says it's enjoying a bumper time for tourism. Nearly nine million people visited the resort last year, a four per cent increase on the previous 12 months. Altogether it meant a boost of more than £500 million.

The British Open also contributed to Southport's success in 2017 Credit: pa

MP says fears about HS2 must be considered

A Cheshire MP's demanding those responsible for phase 2 of the HS2 high speed rail project listen to the concerns of local people.

Antoinette Sandbach has been telling a Commons committee that a number of her constituents feel their homes and businesses have been blighted by the proposed route:

Anti-Fracking campaigners back in court

Credit: Frack Free Lancashire

Campaigners fighting a Government decision to approve plans to frack at a site in Lancashire are back in court later. Their case will be heard at the Court of Appeal in London after it was defeated at the High Court earlier this year. The Preston New Road Action Group says the Government's over-ruling of a council decision to reject the planning application at the site near Blackpool was unlawful.


Warehouse staff to strike in row over redundancies

Argos distribution centre, Eccles Credit: pa

Warehouse workers at retail giant Argos are to stage a three-week strike in a dispute over redundancy arrangements.

Members of the Unite union at sites across the UK, including Greater Manchester, will walk out on August 15 after a row flared over the transfer of hundreds of workers between sites in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Unite warned that the strike at sites in Essex, Somerset, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Burton-on-Trent will affect deliveries, but this was denied by the company. An Argos spokesman told the Press Association "We're disappointed with the union's actions, which are based on unreasonable demands and are wholly unnecessary. Customers can be reassured that we have full contingency plans in place.

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