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Anger as fracking gets the go ahead in Lancashire

Fracking has been given the go ahead in Lancashire. Protestors say it's a dark day for democracy. The government has approved it even though local councillors said it shouldn't happen.
They're still considering a site at Roseacre Wood - but drilling will now go ahead at Little Plumpton which many feel will open the floodgates for hundreds of similar sites across the North West. WATCH: THIS REPORT BY OUR CORRESPONDENT AMY WELCH

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:


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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